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 18 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Although Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams play characters who were children together, Jackman is nearly twelve years older than Williams. In reality, P.T. Barnum's wife was two years older than him. See more »

Goofs

The front elevation of Buckingham Palace shows the 1913 remodeled exterior, whereas during the period of Barnum's visit, a different facade was seen on the Palace, which did not include the now famous balcony. 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

An old-fashioned 20th Century Fox logo is shown before the modern one. It was from a 4K digital scan of The Long, Hot Summer (1958). See more »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Game Night: Bill Nye the Game Night Guy (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

This Is Me
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Performed by Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble
Produced by Greg Wells, Justin Paul, Alex Lacamoire, Adam Gubman
Mixed by Manny Marroquin
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Surpassed My Expectations
27 December 2017 | by jecalSee all my reviews

This is possibly one of the best films I have ever seen in this genre. From the start to finish, I felt that there was some inaudible and invisible metronome setting the overall pace of the film, a consistent rhythm within many rhythms, if that makes sense. Everything about this film had perfect timing. Editing was seamless. Attention to detail was mind blowing, costumes outstanding. Special effects... whoa. Acting was flawless. I really can't find anything to criticize. To summarize in a sentence, first class family entertainment.


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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:

$435,440,980
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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