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The Greatest Showman (2017)

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Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... P.T. Barnum
... Charity Barnum
... Phillip Carlyle
... Anne Wheeler
... Jenny Lind
... Caroline Barnum
... Helen Barnum
... Lettie Lutz
... Tom Thumb
... W.D. Wheeler
... Mr. O'Malley
... Young Barnum
... Young Charity
Daniel Everidge ... Lord of Leeds
Radu Spinghel ... O'Clancy
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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 Nick Riganas

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The Impossible Comes True


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Rated PG for thematic elements including a brawl | See all certifications »

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20 December 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Greatest Showman  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$84,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,805,843, 24 December 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$174,312,158, 15 July 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$434,421,813, 15 July 2018
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Trivia

Hugh Jackman and director Michael Gracey met on a commercial shoot. Jackman told Gracey he wanted to make a film with him, and Gracey took it with a grain of salt -- every famous person he'd worked with had made similar noises. To his surprise, Jackman later sent him the script of The Greatest Showman (2017). See more »

Goofs

During Carlyle and Barnum's "the Other Side", the peanut shells on the bar keep appearing and disappearing. See more »

Quotes

P.T. Barnum: P. T. Barnum, at your service.
[shakes Tom's hand, then gets down on his knee to his height]
P.T. Barnum: I am putting together a show, and I need a star.
Tom Thumb: You want people to laugh at me.
P.T. Barnum: [smiling] Well they're laughing anyway, kid, so you might as well get paid.
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Crazy Credits

If you look closely at the early end title cards, the small graphics in the corners of the cards reflect the roles of both the cast and crew. See more »

Connections

Featured in Film '72: Episode #47.1 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

A Million Dreams
Performed by Ziv Zaifman, Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Produced by Joseph Trapanese, Justin Paul, Alex Lacamoire
Mixed by Greg Wells
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Another Musical Classic: Don't Mind the Critics!
25 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

I think critics are missing the whole premise of the film. I never really saw this as a biography to begin with, but a fun, upbeat historical fiction musical. Each musical number had a fitting mood for the scene, especially the opening number where it was especially satisfying to see the visual aspects of the film. I saw this film as a mixture of the pop-style mood of Hamilton, mixed with the visual joyride that was Pippin. It works for me perfectly. I never really felt the runtime at all because the musical parts of the show were enough to keep me satisfied. Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman definitely brought my favorite performances, with Waitress actress Keala Settle delivering some satisfying vocal delivery. You can definitely feel the La La Land levels of genius lyrics here. As for story, I found myself telling the characters "NO DON'T DO THAT" or "YESSS" very softly in the theater. There were even a few moments where I smiled and laughed out loud. In the words of Rachel Bloom, "the modern musical is an American invention, and it is still alive and well." It's rare that we get to see wonderfully crafted theatrical musicals such as this and La La Land. This is also something I think many critics fail to see. This is definitely one of my favorite films of all time.


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