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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)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 Dame 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 nightclub 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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Taglines:

A Comedy That Breaks the Records. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Voice See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,722, 6 December 1998

Gross USA:

$4,611,784

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,611,784
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The male strippers in this movie perform to the song "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba. The full version of this song opens with some sampled dialogue "Truth is, I thought it mattered. I thought that music mattered. But does it bollocks! Not compared to how people matter", which comes from the closing scene of Writer and Director Mark Herman's earlier hit Brassed Off (1996). 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

Billy: What's your name?
LV: LV.
Billy: Does that stand for something?
LV: Little Voice.
Billy: Oh, on account of being soft-spoken like.
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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 »

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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Happy
Written by Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler (as Ted Toehler)
Published by Francis Day & Hunter Ltd/EMI Publishing Ltd/S & A Music
Performed by Jane Horrocks
Arranged by John Altman
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Quirky and Odd, well worth a rental
8 September 2003 | by ruddy_jimSee all my reviews

A slightly twisted film about a brutally shy young lady (LV), an overbearing cliche come to life mother, a slime ball agent and (of course) a slightly odd, yet kind hero(?) figure played by none other than Ewen McGregor, Little Voice is well worth the rental fee.

This movie is absurd, dark, funny, dramatic and at times heart wrenching. A little compassion will get you a long way towards enjoying it. The roles are played very well by talented actors, engrossing you in their turbulent little world.

If you like your films off the wall, this is the movie for you. If you prefer only mainstream Hollywood stuff, stay away!


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