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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mari Hoff
... LV
... Billy
... George
... Sadie
... Ray Say
... Mr. Boo
... Bouncer
James Welsh ... Bouncer
Karen Gregory ... Stripper
... Arthur
Graham Turner ... LV's Dad
George Oliver ... Pawnbroker
Virgil Tracy ... Loan Advisor
Dick Van Winkle ... Money Lender
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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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Finding your own voice can be magic. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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

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4 December 1998 (USA)  »

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,722, 6 December 1998, Limited Release

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$4,595,000, 28 March 1999
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Mark Herman rewrote the script when he came on board, expanding the role for Michael Caine significantly. 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

Ray Say: She'll go far, this one.
Mr. Boo: Yeah - Scunthorpe if she's lucky.
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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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Features The Judy Garland Show (1963) See more »

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My Heart Belongs to Daddy
Written by Cole Porter
© Chappell & Co
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Limited
Performed by Marilyn Monroe
Courtesy of DRG Records Incorporated
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Quirky and Odd, well worth a rental
8 September 2003 | by See 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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