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Dreamgirls (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Musical | 25 December 2006 (USA)
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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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>

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All you have to do is dream. See more »

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Drama | Music | Musical

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

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25 December 2006 (USA)  »

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Soñadoras  »

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Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

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$378,950 (USA) (17 December 2006)

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$103,365,956 (USA)
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Beyoncé Knowles auditioned in full costume, and performed with choreography. She has said she considers this her first film as an actress. See more »

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During a 1965 press conference, a photographer uses a Nikon camera that was introduced in the late 1980s. See more »

Quotes

Case Worker: Have you considered asking the girl's father for help?
Effie Melody White: Magic don't have a father.
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The film begins immediately after the distribution studio logos, with no opening titles/credits of any kind. See more »

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Features The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

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Dreamgirls
Written by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen
Performed by Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, and Anika Noni Rose
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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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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