Orphaned, penniless but ambitious and with a mind crammed with imagination and fresh ideas, the American Phineas Taylor Barnum will always be remembered as the man with the gift to effortlessly blur the line between reality and fiction. Thirsty for innovation and hungry for success, the son of a tailor will manage to open a wax museum but will soon shift focus to the unique and peculiar, introducing extraordinary, never-seen-before live acts on the circus stage. Some will call Barnum's wide collection of oddities, a freak show; however, when the obsessed showman gambles everything on the opera singer Jenny Lind to appeal to a high-brow audience, he will somehow lose sight of the most important aspect of his life: his family. Will Barnum risk it all to be accepted?Written by
The director of Barnum's acting company in 1850 was Francis Courtney Wemyss. He bore a striking resemblance to Emmy winning actor John Larroquette. See more »
The movie says that Barnum started his circus at a rather young age. Actually he did not start his famous circus until he was 60. Also the circus did not start until five years after his museum burned down in 1865. See more »
You are the American. I believe I might have heard of you.
Oh well, If you've heard of me all the way over here, I must have been doing something right.
That, or something very wrong.
In the world of publicity there is hardly any difference.
I believe those are the words of a scoundrel, Mr Barnum.
A showman, Miss Lind, just a showman. The best on my side of the Atlantic.
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An old-fashioned 20th Century Fox logo is shown before the modern one. It was from a 4K digital scan of the 1958 film The Long, Hot Summer. See more »
I have never written a movie review but I couldn't let this jewel of a movie be slammed by the cynical critics without saying how much I loved it. This was the perfect movie for our family on Christmas Day. Don't pay attention to the "professional" reviews; judge by the moviegoers who are praising the movie. It was moving, upbeat, and romantic. Can't say enough good things about it. Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, and Zendaya are all so talented. Go see it in the theater to really appreciate how magical this movie is.
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