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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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Bill Condon

Writers:

Tom Eyen (based on the original broadway production book by), Bill Condon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Foxx ... Curtis Taylor Jr.
Beyoncé ... Deena Jones (as Beyoncé Knowles)
Eddie Murphy ... James 'Thunder' Early
Danny Glover ... Marty Madison
Jennifer Hudson ... Effie White
Anika Noni Rose ... Lorrell Robinson
Keith Robinson ... C.C. White
Sharon Leal ... Michelle Morris
Hinton Battle ... Wayne
Mariah Iman Wilson ... Magic (as Mariah Wilson)
Yvette Cason Yvette Cason ... May
Ken Page ... Max Washington
Ralph Louis Harris ... M.C. (as Ralph Harris)
Michael-Leon Wooley ... Tiny Joe Dixon
Loretta Devine ... 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

This Christmas, dream. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soñadoras See more »

Filming Locations:

Chatsworth, California, USA See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Director's Extended Edition)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Beyoncé auditioned in full costume, and performed with choreography. She has said she considers this her first film as an actress. See more »

Goofs

In the Dreams' version of "One Night Only", the girls' capes fall to the floor during the opening bars. After the next shot, they disappear. See more »

Quotes

Case Worker: Have you considered asking the girl's father for help?
Effie Melody White: Magic don't have a father.
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Crazy Credits

The film begins immediately after the distribution studio logos, with no opening titles/credits of any kind. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 2017, Paramount released a "Director's Extended Edition" of "Dreamgirls." This version runs ten minutes longer than the theatrical version and contains changes which include the following:
  • The opening talent show scene has extended performances of "I'm Looking' for Something'" and "Goin' Downtown," including a longer scene on the stairs outside the Detroit Theater, where Curtis offers Marty a cigarette and a sales pitch after Charlene and Joanne walk out on him, and Curtis catches a first glimpse of Deena
  • Sung dialogue leading up to "Steppin' to the Bad Side" ("You've got me to think for you now...") proceeds the scene in which Curtis tells Wayne and CC of his plan to sell off the car dealership, similar to the lead-up to the song in the original Broadway show. This scene takes the place of the shorter, spoken word alternate version used in the theatrical version
  • All shots of Wayne enacting Curtis' payload plans at radio stations are replaced with scenes of the Mafia members Curtis makes a deal with distributing the records and the money
  • The Jimmy & the Dreamettes performance section go "Steppin to the Bad Side" is extended
  • "Love You I Do" is extended by adding an instrumental break under the scene in which Michelle gets a job at Rainbow Records, and then showing Effie sing the song's second verse on camera
  • "Heavy" is extended by adding a break and a chorus, and placing more emphasis on Effie keeping an eye on Deena's image taking over the TV studio monitors
  • There is an extra shot of Curtis and Deena's mansion as Deena heads to the service car outside
  • An extra scene shows Curtis, C.C., Wayne and other Rainbow executives at a board meeting, at which Curtis decides to finance his "Cleopatra" film pet project with a 10th anniversary special (This scene includes two F-bombs by Jamie Foxx; the Director's Extended Edition is unrated as a result)
  • "Patience" is extended by adding extra choruses to the section in which Jimmy and Lorrell record the song, accompanied by a choir
  • "Perfect World" is extended by including a full verse and chorus
  • "I Meant You No Harm" and "Lorrell Loves Jimmy" are both extended by a few bars
  • Jimmy's silent glare at Deena basking in her fame at the Rainbow 10th anniversary TV special is replaced by sung dialogue ("Because I was here long before you...") similar to the "Firing of Jimmy" scene in the original Broadway show
  • "I Miss You, Old Friend" is extended by a few bars
  • "Effie, Sing My Song" - sung dialogue in which C.C. and Effie reconcile - is added in place of the spoken word alternate version used in the theatrical version
  • "One Night Only" is performed in full (only half is used in the theatrical version). At the conclusion of the song, Curtis' Mafia associates come to Effie's performance in Max Washington's bar, which is how they get word (and a tape) to alert Curtis
  • Curtis has an extra line of dialogue when being interviewed on the Dreams' farewell performance red carpet, in which he announces that his new artist, Tania Williams, will be releasing her debut album in a month
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Connections

Featured in The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Heavy
Written by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen
Performed by Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, and Anika Noni Rose
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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Pfft! I can see why it wasn't nominated for best picture

I was excited about seeing Dreamgirls, especially after seeing the Oscar nods it got. But I still wasn't too sure about Jennifer Hudson's win, after all, before I saw this film, I saw Babel, and the Hispanic actress who was nominated I felt totally deserved the award. But how can you judge before seeing what Jennifer Hudson's raved about performance was all about. Now I have to start off with that actually this was a good film, but you know what? It was average, nothing thrilling or original came out of it. It's your typical rise and fall story that had nothing special or had no spark. Jennifer's performance was good for a first time, but I still wasn't too thrown over it. The story is just so abused and too used by so many writers.

Curtis is looking for a backup group for his famous singer, James Early. He finds the Dreamettes, three beautiful and strong black women, he also becomes involved with one of them. Slowly they rise to the top, but Effie, the girl is involved with is not exactly "thin" or that "appealing" to a younger crowd, so with her girlfriends in the group, her brother, and her new boyfriend, Curtis, they vote her out of the group and the Dreamettes become huge, but the joke is on Curtis when Effie gets a second chance.

The performances were the key that got raved about most in the film, now I have to say that they were good, but honestly, it was nothing beyond good. I don't have anything against Jennifer Hudson, but I am very upset with all the publicity she is getting now for one film and an Oscar that I believe doesn't belong to her, but I know there are some that wouldn't agree with me. Eddie didn't thrill me either, I've actually seen him in better, but I have to admit the only performance I was actually, and surprisingly, impressed with was Beyonce Knowles, she has come a long way. So, I'm not sure if I would recommend this film, if you wanna watch it, go ahead, but don't expect too much.

6/10


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