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Little Voice (1998)

A shy reclusive lady is convinced by an invisible entity to sing. Subsequently, she finds herself noticed by a sleazy talent agent and her talent being showcased on-stage. She also meets a kind but nervous man who becomes her best friend.

Director:

Mark Herman

Writers:

Jim Cartwright (play), Mark Herman (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Blethyn ... Mari Hoff
Jane Horrocks ... LV
Ewan McGregor ... Billy
Philip Jackson ... George
Annette Badland ... Sadie
Michael Caine ... Ray Say
Jim Broadbent ... Mr. Boo
Adam Fogerty ... Bouncer
James Welsh James Welsh ... Bouncer
Karen Gregory Karen Gregory ... Stripper
Fred Feast ... Arthur
Graham Turner Graham Turner ... LV's Dad
George Oliver George Oliver ... Pawnbroker
Virgil Tracy Virgil Tracy ... Loan Advisor
Dick Van Winkle Dick Van Winkle ... Money Lender
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Storyline

The pathetically shy LV lives the life of a recluse listening to her late father's old records in her room and in the process driving her abusive, loud-mouthed mother, Mari Hoff, to distraction. At night, however, when her father's ghost visits, LV sings the songs of the great divas such as Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Bassey. One evening LV is overheard by one of her mother's loathsome boyfriends, the disastrous dead-end talent scout Ray Say, who recognizes her innate talent and realizes this is his last big chance for the glittering prizes. Gambling everything Ray Say forces LV to appear at a local run-down, seedy night club run by Mr. Boo. As preparations for the big event proceed apace LV meets the equally shy Billy, a pigeon-racing telephone engineer and they form a tentative, gentle friendship. The big night finally arrives and everything is in readiness, the band, the club and even a big agent from London, but what about LV? Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Plot Keywords:

talent | mother | shy | recluse | singer | See All (102) »

Taglines:

Finding your own voice can be magic. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cordes sensibles See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£761,094 (United Kingdom), 10 January 1999, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,722, 6 December 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,595,000, 28 March 1999
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Company Credits

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Miramax,Scala Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To prepare for his role as club owner Mr Boo, Jim Broadbent toured many of the working men's clubs and theaters in Yorkshire. See more »

Goofs

Quote from Mari Hoff: "What's up with you lots, never had a shag in a Chevy?" Ray Say's car is a 1972 Delta 88 Oldsmobile Convertible See more »

Quotes

Mari Hoff: [Mari and Ray are persuading LV to sing on stage] / You might feel shy.
Ray Say: But there's nothing wrong with being shy at first.
Mari Hoff: It's natural that.
Ray Say: Had a girl recently, wouldn't say boo to a goose. Now she's topping the bill at the reform club.
Mari Hoff: Who's that? That stripper!
Ray Say: Well, yeah, it's the same thing though really. Teenagers and that.
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Crazy Credits

Special Thanks to ... Jason Wheeler and Team, ... Staff at St. Nicholas Hotel, Wreahead Hotel and East Ayton Lodge, ... The People of Scarborough ... North Yorkshire Police (Scarborough Department), Scarborough Borough Council, South Bay Traders Association, Haven Holidays (Cayton Bay), Stephen Joseph Theatre. See more »

Connections

References Late Show with David Letterman (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be)
Words and music by Jimmy Davis/Jimmy Sherman/Roger Ramirez
Used by kind permission of MCA Music Publishing
Performed by Jane Horrocks
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A film to make you feel
17 April 2004 | by Dario PersechinoSee all my reviews

Summary:

This is the story of a painfully shy girl who takes comfort escaping the harsh world of her overbearing mother by enclosing herself in a world of music. The peace she finds while playing her late father's records is the only world she's at home in. She sings the songs to her father's memory with an unbelievable ability to capture not just the voices of artists such as Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey, and Marilyn Monroe but also the tone, the passion and the quality that made them legends. This ability is overheard by a talent agent who sees fortune in her voice. He tries to rip her out of her private world and force her into the terrifying spot light.

My Opinion:

I watched this film and was amazed. The characters of LV (Jane Horrocks) and Billy (Ewan McGregor) are just so adorable that you love them from the moment they are on screen. The performances of all the supporting players are good but the performance of Jane Horrocks is amazing. It's the kind of performance awards were created to celebrate, but got no where near the kind of recognition it deserved. Hardly saying anything throughout the first part of the film she communicates so much through her eyes and expressions. Then when she sings she does not just 'mimic' the voices of legends but proves she is a legend in her own right.


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