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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:
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M.C. (as Ralph Harris)
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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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Plot Keywords:

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


One Dream Will Change Everything See more »


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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)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Jimmy Early asks his band mates "Who was the first singer to start wearing shiny clothes?", one responds "Little Richard." The responder was Jimmy's Piano player who came onstage to sit in for Jimmy when he first taught the Dreamettes the parts for "Fake your way to the top." See more »


During scenes where the Dreams are being televised in color the TV cameras have color viewfinders. Studio color TV cameras usually have black/white viewfinders which are actually small monitors. See more »


Lorrell Robinson: You got the same wig I got?
Effie Melody White: Yeah.
Lorrell Robinson: You got same the same dress I got?
Effie Melody White: Yeah.
Lorrell Robinson: [Drags it out] Then shut up!
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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 »


Featured in I Love the New Millennium: 2006 (2008) See more »


I'm Somebody
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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Deja Vu
12 March 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I'm an old guy who was around in the 50's and 60's when they were cranking out those stock rock 'n roll biz movies. I've seen this movie a dozen times before. Dreamgirls has the clichéd characters and the predictable paper thin plot that were characteristic of the genre. Even in the context of that genre Dreamgirls doesn't make the grade because it has an instantly forgettable soundtrack.

I think Dreamgirls was supposed to be a parody of those old movies, but none of the critics got it because they are all too young to have seen them. They are not classics. Dreamgirls takes itself very seriously with not one moment of humor. Therein lies the parody -- nobody took those old rock n roll movies seriously.

As those old rock 'n roll movies demonstrated, transferring great stage numbers straight to film with twinkie filling between the numbers does not make a great movie.

My nomination for the most over-hyped movie of 2006 goes to ...

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