After his parents' death, Jacob Jankowski is left penniless and homeless. Events lead him to joining the circus as their vet, working under their unstable boss August whose violent tendencies give everyone reason to be cautious around him, including his beautiful and quiet wife Marlena, whom August is very possessive of and who Jacob finds himself soon falling in love with. Written by
Life is the most spectacular show on earth.
22 April 2011 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Agua para elefantes
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Opening Weekend USA: $16,842,353,
24 April 2011, Wide Release
Gross USA: $58,709,717
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $117,094,902
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2009 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more
Several shots prominently display a follow-spot, with the Strong manufacturers name in clear view, which wasn't available until the mid-50s. See more
[in the rain
Uh, Excuse me sir. Can we help you? Can we help you with something?
Did I miss the Spec?
Uh, yeah, I'm afraid so. The show was this afternoon.
Did you come with the folks from Green Haven? Why don't we get out of the rain, and we'll call them for you.
No, no! I came on my own.
It's okay. We're gonna call the home. We're gonna have them come pick you up.
I'm telling you, I didn't come with the home! Why don't you take those rings out of your head, and maybe you ...
In 'The producers wish to thank' section of the credits, the Circus World Museum is listed as being in Barbaroo, WI. The actual town is Baraboo, WI. See more
Button Up Your Overcoat
Written by Lew Brown
, Buddy G. DeSylva
(as BG De Sylva) and Ray Henderson
Performed by Ruth Etting
Courtesy of Columbia Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing See more