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Dreamgirls (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Musical | 25 December 2006 (USA)
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A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Curtis Taylor Jr.
... Deena Jones (as Beyoncé Knowles)
... James 'Thunder' Early
... Marty Madison
... Effie White
... Lorrell Robinson
... C.C. White
... Michelle Morris
... Wayne
... Magic (as Mariah Wilson)
Yvette Cason ... May
... Max Washington
... M.C. (as Ralph Harris)
... Tiny Joe Dixon
... Jazz Singer
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Storyline

Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Some dreams do come true. See more »

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Drama | Music | Musical

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Rated PG-13 for language, some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2006 (USA)  »

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Soñadoras  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$378,950, 17 December 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$103,365,956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$154,937,680
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally planned to be a Warner Brothers release. In the early 2000s, DreamWorks was brought on-board as the U.S. distributor, with Warner Brothers initially retaining international rights. When the budget was revealed, Warner balked, and left the film, to be replaced by Paramount Pictures. During pre-production, Viacom, parent of Paramount, purchased DreamWorks, making the film wholly owned by Paramount, before it was released. See more »

Goofs

When Effie goes to the welfare office, the American flag hanging on the back wall is backwards. The blue field should be in the upper-left corner. See more »

Quotes

C.C. White: Isn't music supposed to express what people are feeling?
Curtis Taylor Jr.: Music is supposed to sell.
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Crazy Credits

The original 1981 "Playbill" cover for the Broadway version of "Dreamgirls" is displayed during the end credits just before the names of the show's Broadway creators are featured. See more »

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Referenced in Be My Baby: The Girl Group Story (2006) See more »

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One Night Only
Written by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen
Performed by Jennifer Hudson
Produced by The Underdogs (Harvey Mason Jr. and Damon Thomas)
Published by Dreamgirls Music (ASCAP) admin. by Universal-Geffen Music and Dreamettes Music (BMI) admin. by Universal-Geffen Music
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Jennifer Hudson
13 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

The movie was excellent. I saw it last night and Jennifer Hudson got plenty of cheers and claps all through out the movie. The whole first half of the movie you forget that Beyonce is even in it. Don't get me wrong she does a great job too. Eddie Murphy was also very spectacular. It was good to see him in a film of this caliber again. There are great songs and the movie is aesthetically beautiful to the eyes. There are a number of great actors and actresses in the movie as well and I hope after their performance in Dreamgirls they get more work in the industry. Jennifer Hudson really shines in this movie, she definitely deserves to win any and all awards she is nominated for. PLEASE GO SEE THIS MOVIE!


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