After his parents' death, Jacob Jankowski is left penniless and homeless. Events lead him to joining the circus as their vet, working under their unstable boss August whose violent tendencies give everyone reason to be cautious around him, including his beautiful and quiet wife Marlena, whom August is very possessive of and who Jacob finds himself soon falling in love with. Written by
Life is the most spectacular show on earth.
22 April 2011 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Agua para elefantes
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Opening Weekend: $16,842,353
(22 April 2011)
(5 August 2011)
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
The owner of the circus at the beginning mentions the Hagenbeck-Wallace Wreck and the Hartford Fire. These are actual circus disasters.
On June 22 1918 a troop train crashed into the Hagenbeck-Wallace circus train because the driver fell asleep and did not see the warning signs about the stopped circus train. 86 people were killed and another 127 were injured.
On July 6 1944 the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey big top circus tent at Hartford caught fire and killed 169 people and injured over 700. See more
After their first dinner together, August is very drunk and Marlena carries him in their bedroom. When she comes out again, where Jacob is sitting, she pulls the drapes together, but doesn't close them completely - there is a significant gap between them. However, when Jacob leaves after Marlena has asked him to, the drapes are completely closed. See more
[in the rain
Uh, Excuse me sir. Can we help you? Can we help you with something?
Did I miss the Spec?
Uh, yeah, I'm afraid so. The show was this afternoon.
Did you come with the folks from Green Haven? Why don't we get out of the rain, and we'll call them for you.
No, no! I came on my own.
It's okay. We're gonna call the home. We're gonna have them come pick you up.
I'm telling you, I didn't come with the home! Why don't you take those rings out of your head, and maybe you ...
In 'The producers wish to thank' section of the credits, the Circus World Museum is listed as being in Barbaroo, WI. The actual town is Baraboo, WI. See more
Don't Tell Him What Happened to Me
Written by Lew Brown
, Buddy G. DeSylva
(as BG De Sylva) and Ray Henderson See more