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Dreamgirls (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Musical | 25 December 2006 (USA)
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A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.



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Won 2 Oscars. Another 66 wins & 87 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Magic (as Mariah Wilson)
Yvette Cason ...
M.C. (as Ralph Harris)
Jazz Singer


Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

singer | trio | 1960s | pop chart | fire | See All (193) »


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Drama | Music | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Soñadoras  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$378,950 (USA) (15 December 2006)


$103,338,338 (USA) (13 April 2007)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cleavant Derricks won the 1982 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Musical for "Dreamgirls" for his role as soul singer James Thunder Early. See more »


In the montage, the entry in the charts does not make sense. The song is #1 in its first week, but it was also #8 the previous week. See more »


Deena Jones: Maybe you just don't see me for who I am.
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Crazy Credits

The original 1981 "Playbill" cover for the Broadway version of "Dreamgirls" is displayed during the end credits just before the names of the show's Broadway creators are featured. See more »


Referenced in United States of Tara: Work (2009) See more »


Hard to Say Goodbye
Written by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen
Performed by Beyoncé Knowles, Anika Noni Rose, and Sharon Leal
Produced by The Underdogs (Harvey Mason Jr. and Damon Thomas)
Published by Dreamgirls Music (ASCAP) admin. by Universal-Geffen Music and Dreamettes Music (BMI) admin. by Universal-Geffen Music
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User Reviews

What WERE they thinking?
13 February 2007 | by (Albuquerque, NM) – See all my reviews

Yes there are great performances here. Unfortunately, they happen in the context of a movie that doesn't seem to have a clue what it's doing. During the first 45-60 minutes of this all the music takes place as realistic performance. Suddenly, about an hour in, the characters who, until this point, had always spoken to each other, suddenly start singing to each other. To further confuse things, a little further in, out of nowhere, they actually do about 15 minutes of sung-through dialog, then seem to drop that idea and move on to other things, such as a number that begins in a jazz club with a drummer and two electric guitars suddenly turning into a fully orchestrated piece with a massive unseen string section. On top of all this inconsistency in how the music is used, is the composers' clear inability to actually write music in the style that is supposedly being portrayed. While the first couple of pieces do sort of mimic the 1950s Motown sound, the rest of the film is just (bad) Broadway show music. Then there's the pure silliness of snippets of a group doing a bad Jackson family imitation and Eddie Murphy morphing from Little Richard to James Brown to Lionel Richie. When he started channeling Stevie Wonder I couldn't help laughing out loud. This was clearly one of those films that make me appreciate how little time I have on earth and resent that I wasted two hours of it watching this film.

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