The Greatest Showman (2017) Poster

Hugh Jackman: P.T. Barnum



  • P.T. Barnum : [from trailer]  No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.

  • Phillip Carlyle : They come to see you... *Your* crazy ideas, *your* new acts. The unusual...

    P.T. Barnum : Well then how about you show them a smile? That'd be unusual.

  • P.T. Barnum : Hyperbole isn't the worst crime. Men suffer more from imagining too little than too much.

  • Phillip Carlyle : I can't just run off and join the circus.

    P.T. Barnum : Why not? You clearly have a flair for show business.

  • P.T. Barnum : [singing]  Ladies and gents, this is the moment you've waited for/Been searching in the dark, your sweat soakin' through the floor/And buried in your bones there's an ache that you can't ignore/Taking your breath, stealing your mind/And all that was real is left behind...

  • P.T. Barnum : Trust me, they don't know it yet, but they're going to love you.

  • 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.

  • P.T. Barnum : Hey sweetie, who's that young man over there?

    Charity Barnum : Oh that's Phillip Carlyle. A bit of a scandal, they say. His last play was a hit in London.

    P.T. Barnum : Play? Pay good money to watch people stand around and talk for two hours and they call *me* a conman.

  • 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.

  • P.T. Barnum : Where is that singing coming from?

    [Barnum spots Lettie behind a curtain. She stops singing] 

    P.T. Barnum : Ma'am, you are...

    [he pulls the curtain back, revealing Lettie's bearded face. Barnum pauses] 

    Lettie Lutz : You need to leave, sir.

    P.T. Barnum : You are beautiful. You are unique.

  • James Gordon Bennett : I never liked your show, but I always thought the people did

    P.T. Barnum : They did. They do!

    James Gordon Bennett : Putting people of all Shapes, Sizes, Colours. Putting them on stage together and presenting them as equals, another critic might have even called it a celebration of humanity.

    P.T. Barnum : I would've liked that.

  • James Gordon Bennett : Tell me, Mr. Barnum, does it bother you that everything you're selling is fake?

    P.T. Barnum : Do these smiles seem fake? It doesn't matter where they come from. The joy is real.

    James Gordon Bennett : So you are a philanthropist?

    P.T. Barnum : Well, hyperbole isn't the worst crime. Men suffer more from imagining too little than too much.

    James Gordon Bennett : The creed of a true fraud.

    P.T. Barnum : Mr Bennett, when was the last time you smiled? Or had a good laugh? A real laugh. A theater critic who can't find joy in the theater. Now who is the fraud?

  • P.T. Barnum : My father was treated like dirt. I was treated like dirt. My children won't be.

  • Jenny Lind : You are the American. I believe I might have heard of you.

    P.T. Barnum : Oh well, If you've heard of me all the way over here, I must have been doing something right.

    Jenny Lind : That, or something very wrong.

    P.T. Barnum : In the world of publicity there is hardly any difference.

    Jenny Lind : I believe those are the words of a scoundrel, Mr Barnum.

    P.T. Barnum : A showman, Miss Lind, just a showman. The best on my side of the Atlantic.

  • [after Barnum becomes 50/50 partners with Phillip Calyle] 

    Phillip Carlyle : The only thing is I don't know how we are ever going to afford a building.

    P.T. Barnum : Right.

    [Long and deep sigh] 

    P.T. Barnum : We don't need a building. Real estate in Manhattan is a terrible investment. Why, I can get land down by the docks for almost nothing. All we need is a tent!

  • Charity Barnum : [seeing the house Phineas bought for them]  Don't tell me bought this house just to rub my parents' noses in your success.

    P.T. Barnum : Well, that wasn't the only reason. This is the life I promised you.

  • P.T. Barnum : I can't fool the bank into loaning me more money, so... I'm really sorry to disappoint you all.

    Tom Thumb : Don't worry, Barnum. We've gotten used to it by now.

  • P.T. Barnum : [last-credits]  The noblest art is that of making others happy

  • P.T. Barnum : Nothing draws a crowd quite like a crowd.

  • P.T. Barnum : [seeing Jenny for the first time]  Who's that?

    Phillip Carlyle : The opera singer?

    P.T. Barnum : Singer, huh?

    Phillip Carlyle : She's the most famous performer in all of Europe. She sold out La Scala a dozen times. Not to mention the French Opera.

    P.T. Barnum : Ah.

    [he grabs Phillip's arm and leads him forward] 

    Phillip Carlyle : What are you doing?

    P.T. Barnum : Following you, so you can introduce me to Ms. Lynd.

    Phillip Carlyle : Introduce you?

    P.T. Barnum : Yeah.

    Phillip Carlyle : I don't know her.

    P.T. Barnum : Everybody knows her. You just said so yourself.

    Phillip Carlyle : Yeah, exactly. You don't just march up to someone like this.

    P.T. Barnum : Why not? We're personable. She's a person.

  • Mr. O'Malley : [showing Phineas one of Bennett's reviews]  This is bad.

    P.T. Barnum : "Criminal". "Degrading". "A circus". I like "circus".

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