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

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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 »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Голосок 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The male strippers in the film, 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 Mark Herman's earlier hit Brassed Off (1996). See more »

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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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References Rawhide (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wizard of Oz
Excerpts from "The Wizard of Oz"
By kind permission of Warner Bros.
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Not SO little voice
17 February 2008 | by KUAlum26See all my reviews

Waif-like LV(Jane Horrocks,a revelation!) is child-like,reclusive and almost catatonic,living under the thumb of her blustery,selfish and more-than-a-bit whorish mother(Brenda Blythyn,sucking up as much air as humanly possible). While mum is romancing(more like shagging)the local small-time promoter about town(Michael Caine,able to slip into yet another character with little effort),LV's rich,uncannily strong and facile voice catches his attention,and he sets about to use her talents to hit the big time. One who observes LV--a painfully shy girl who quietly,slowly mourns the death/absence of her father--knows that this course of action is going to be more ruinous than profitable somewhere down the line.

Based on a somewhat obscure play written by Jim Cartwright--and penned with Horrocks and her brilliant vocal range in mind!--this movie,directed by Mark Herman,is a quiet little gem,not quite perfect,but packing enough charm to carry it easily. Ewan MacGreggor as LV's almost equally shy would-be-lover,Annette Badland as the near-mute hairstylist friend of LV's Mum and Jim Broadbent as an easily cowed local club owner add the right amount of plain,unforced depth that a charming,character-driven story needs. I saw this the first time as a free vid rent(love the perks of working in a video store!)eight years ago and decided to see this again and was charmed almost equally. Horrocks in particular is quite the find,both mousy and yet powerful,her prevalence over her problems,both internal and external are as rewarding as the talent she exhibits,watching this "litle" voice grow much bigger. A good movie that has become a GREAT cheap rent.


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