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
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 »
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 »
Anne, they're small minded people. Why do you care what they think?
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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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 »
ABC broadcasts speed up the audio at only 2%. See more »