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

Director:

Michael Gracey

Writers:

Jenny Bicks (screenplay by), Bill Condon (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Jackman ... P.T. Barnum
Michelle Williams ... Charity Barnum
Zac Efron ... Phillip Carlyle
Zendaya ... Anne Wheeler
Rebecca Ferguson ... Jenny Lind
Austyn Johnson ... Caroline Barnum
Cameron Seely ... Helen Barnum
Keala Settle ... Lettie Lutz
Sam Humphrey ... Tom Thumb
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II ... W.D. Wheeler
Eric Anderson ... Mr. O'Malley
Ellis Rubin ... Young Barnum
Skylar Dunn ... Young Charity
Daniel Everidge ... Lord of Leeds
Radu Spinghel Radu Spinghel ... O'Clancy
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Storyline

Orphaned, penniless, but ambitious and with a mind crammed with imagination and fresh ideas, the American entertainer, Phineas Taylor Barnum, will always be remembered as the man with the gift to blur the line between reality and fiction. Thirsty for innovation and hungry for success, the son of a tailor manages to open a wax museum; however, he soon shifts focus to the unique and the peculiar, introducing extraordinary, never-seen-before live acts on the circus stage. Now, some people call Barnum's rich collection of oddities, an outright freak show; but, when Phineas, obsessed for cheers and respectability, gambles everything on the opera singer, Jenny Lind, to appeal to a high-brow audience, he will lose sight of the most crucial aspect of his life: his family. Will Barnum, the greatest showman, risk it all to be accepted? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

The Impossible Comes True See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Barnum's wife's family's name is "Hallett." This is pronounced the same way as "Howlett," which was the last name of Hugh Jackman's Wolverine character (James "Logan" Howlett) from the X-Men movies. See more »

Goofs

During Barnum's shows, stage lights in the background are seen to be moving on their own. However, it was not until 1925 that electrical motors were used to move lighting fixtures. See more »

Quotes

Phillip Carlyle: Anne, they're small minded people. Why do you care what they think?
Anne Wheeler: It's not just them. You've never had anyone look at you the way your parents just looked at me. The way everyone would look at us.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

ABC broadcasts speed up the audio at only 2%. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Deadwater Fell: Episode #1.1 (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

From Now On
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Performed by Hugh Jackman & The Greatest Showman Ensemble
Additional Vocals by Keala Settle, Linny Smith, Teresa Stanley
Produced by Greg Wells, Justin Paul, Alex Lacamoire
Mixed by Greg Wells
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OBSESSED OBSESSED OBSESSED
26 December 2017 | by amie_drinkwaterSee all my reviews

Half way through the film I was already figuring out when I can see it again!!! Incredible performances, songs and everything in between


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Greatest Showman See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$84,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,805,843, 24 December 2017

Gross USA:

$174,340,174

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$438,006,904
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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