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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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M.C. (as Ralph Harris)
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Jazz Singer
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Storyline

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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One Dream Will Change Everything See more »

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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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25 December 2006 (USA)  »

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Soñadoras  »

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Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$103,365,956 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jennifer Hudson beat out 782 other actresses for the role of Effie White, including her former American Idol (2002) rival, Fantasia Barrino. See more »

Goofs

In the Dreams' version of "One Night Only", the girls' capes fall to the floor during the opening bars. After the next shot, they disappear. See more »

Quotes

Lorrell Robinson: [as Early is kissing her] That feels nice... I mean it feels funny! You're married, aren't you?
James 'Thunder' Early: Everybody knows Jimmy's married, baby.
Lorrell Robinson: Well, then, you get your married hands off!
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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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Referenced in Blackcatloner: How You Doin'? (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
Written by Franz Gruber (uncredited) and Joseph Mohr (uncredited)
[Incorrectly credited as Traditional]
Performed by The Impressions
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Belting Up The Old Story
6 February 2007 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

The legendary Broadway musical hit the screen, resurrecting the thrill of the original. That, in itself, is a miracle. I suspect that the miracle worker is Bill Condon. The story is told as if it revealed something we've never seen before and his winning innocence triumphs. The casting of Eddie Murphy was a stroke of genius. He unfolds a new inedited face and I predict a new career. The predictability of the tale becomes rewarding rather than annoying and I was surprised and moved all the way through. Jammie Foxx's unsympathetic turn manages to deliver a punch of humanity. Byonce Knowles, Danny Glover and the rest of the cast are a perfect foil for Jennifer Hudson's Cinderella Story. Bravo Mr Condon!


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