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Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

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The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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Florence Foster Jenkins, an heiress form NYC always wanted to be a concert pianist and play Carnegie Hall. An injury in her youth deterred that dream. So she sets out to sing her way to Carnegie Hall knowing the only way to get there would be "Practice Practice Practice". Her husband supports her venture and the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins playing Carnegie Hall becomes a truly historic event. Written by stephen scialli

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The inspiring true story of the world's worst singer.


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Rated PG-13 for brief suggestive material. | See all certifications »

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12 August 2016 (USA)  »

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$29,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,601,313 (USA) (12 August 2016)

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$27,370,107 (USA) (21 October 2016)
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Jenkins handled distribution of the popular tickets herself, to prevent professional critics from attending. See more »

Goofs

The grand piano shown during the final recital in Carnegie Hall is a Model D Steinway piano. It features a modern Steinway & Sons logo, of which the first version wasn't introduced until late 1950s. See more »

Quotes

St Clair Bayfield: You are not strong enough, Bunny. What if it kills you?
Florence Foster Jenkins: Then I shall die happy.
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Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 24 January 2017 (2017) See more »

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Lakmé - Bell Song
Written by Léo Delibes
Performed by Meryl Streep & Simon Helberg
Arranged by Terry Davies
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Good movies are still being made folks
2 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one pleasantly surprised me. Meryl Streep does a nice job as the real-life untalented Ms. Jenkins, who is surrounded by people who just want to make her happy. She hires a pianist (Simon Helberg, one of the geeks from "The Big Bang Theory") but no one will tell her how bad she is, least of all her husband, played by Hugh Grant. Inspired by the boys fighting in WW II, she cuts a record, then manages to book a concert at Carnegie Hall for the troops. (One flaw during the concert - the actress who plays Tallulah Bankhead is way too good-looking to be believable as the actual Bankhead.)

Streep pulls off the role very well. I found myself laughing at some of the voice rehearsals, but feeling a twinge of sorrow as this woman was trying to pursue a dream seemingly beyond her reach. Helberg is quirky as her pianist, who realizes she stinks, but comes around to supporting her. The big surprise for me was the performance of Hugh Grant. Just watch his eyes and you will see his every emotion, from his affection for Streep (despite his having an affair), his desire to make her happy, and his anguish as he watches her bomb. His performance is the most impressive.

Solid performances, good script, laugh-out-loud moments, and tender scenes. Good movies are still being made, folks.


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