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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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Michael Gracey

Writers:

Jenny Bicks (screenplay by), Bill Condon (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 29 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 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 See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$174,340,174

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$434,950,846
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

At one point, when the circus is struggling, Barnum's girls suggest that he get something "sensational" like a unicorn or a mermaid. In reality, Barnum famously bought and exhibited the "Fiji Mermaid", a monkey carcass sewn to the body of a fish. See more »

Goofs

During "Rewrite the Stars" Zendaya is using one rope to do all of her stunts on. When her and Zac Efron come together another rope appears out of nowhere that they both swing on. When the song ends there is only one rope. See more »

Quotes

P.T. Barnum: [hands Phillip his top hat] This is for you.
Phillip Carlyle: What will *you* be doing?
P.T. Barnum: Watch my girls grow up. The show must go on.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in This Is Me (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Così fan tutte, K.588: Overture
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Hugh Jackman Singing and Dancing. Need I say more?
7 April 2018 | by Her-ExcellencySee all my reviews

I have watched this film approximately twenty or more times. That is in no way an exaggeration and I may be low-calling it. Sometimes, I just have it on in the background while I work out or in the morning or while getting ready for work or I play it while cooking in the evening.

On a couple of occasions, I've even caught my boyfriend humming the tunes. To say the songs stick with you, is an understatement.

In fact, we've listened and watched it so much, that on every 20th Century Fox Movie "opening" sequence on any and all other subsequent 20th Century Fox movies we've watched, I automatically think of this one, and I am half expecting to see and hear the "Ah, ah, ahhh, ahh ..." and Hugh Jackman with his low "Ladies and Gents . . . ". Besides having a catchy and moving soundtrack, the film itself is a wonder to look at. The cinematography is beautiful, the costumes are well-done, and again, come on: HUGH JACKMAN singing and dancing. What could be better?

Well, for one, not better, but almost as great, is Rebecca Ferguson as Jenny Lind. The lady is gorgeous, and while she actually doesn't sing her rendition of "Never Enough" (Loren Allred does), the passion and zeal she brings to her onstage performance, is one for the books. I could literally (and have) replay that one scene over and over. Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman also have a duet which is fun and witty and very creatively done.

The only reason I did not give it a "10", is probably an unpopular view, and I know I will amass a hugh (not a typo :)) number of thumbs down, but oh well: I did not care for Zendaya AT ALL. I think she was so very miscast. I do not think she looked pretty in the film (although after filming, I saw her giving a couple of interviews and she looked beautiful); I thought she had absolutely zero chemistry with Zac Efron; and lastly, both her acting and her voice are like chalk grating on a blackboard to me. I think Logan Browning would have been cuter in the role. That's just me though, although it did affect my thoughts on the film and my score.

All in all, WATCH IT if you have not yet done so. It is beautiful to look at and a (modern) masterpiece to the ears.


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