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P.T. Barnum (1999)

The story of the great American showman and promoter.

Director:

Simon Wincer

Writer:

Lionel Chetwynd
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beau Bridges ... P.T. Barnum
Jordan Bridges ... Young P.T. Barnum
Cynthia Dale ... Charity
Natalie Radford ... Young Charity
George Hamilton ... Francis Olmsted
Henry Czerny ... Greenwood
Charles Martin Smith ... Beach
Josh Ryan Evans ... (General) Tom Thumb
R.H. Thomson ... James Anthony Bailey
Art Kitching ... Samuel Hurd
Stephanie Morgenstern ... Nancy (Fish)
Serge Houde ... John Genin
Isabelle Cyr ... Caroline (Barnum)
Bruce Dinsmore ... David Thompson
Victoria Sanchez ... Helen (Barnum)
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This series illustrates the life and career of P.T. Barnum, America's greatest showman and promoter. Starting as a young man who managed an old woman who was supposedly George Washington's nursemaid, we see his career as he finds success promoting curiosities and attractions with panache and a judicious mix of truth and creativity, whether it be promoting his museum or characters like the midget General Tom Thumb. Yet because the demands of his businesses, his family life is troubled and marred by tragedy. All the while, events lead to his greatest creation, the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG
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P.T. Barnum was portrayed at different ages by Beau Bridges and his son Jordan Bridges. See more »

Goofs

Barnum never himself used the phrase "there's a sucker born every minute." See more »

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Bridges "BARNUM" A&E's Greatest Show On Earth!
13 September 1999 | by BrunoRISee all my reviews

"Ladies and gentlemen & children of all ages, in the center ring..." be prepared for the GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH!!! And for all, this presentation is. Mr. Bridges should brush of his top hat for another well deserved "EMMY" award. "P.T. Barnum" ran the gambit of emotions and kept me well entertained, {even over two nights}! Bridges supporting cast held their own with THIS master showman, including Bridges own son Jordan as the young P.T Barnum. Simon Wincer's direction was wonderful and with talent and sets of such a grand manner, could perfection not be far?! Smiles for all who seek entertainment here!!!


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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barnum Cirkusz See more »

Filming Locations:

Brockville, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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