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Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

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The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.

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Stephen Frears

Writer:

Nicholas Martin
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Florence Foster Jenkins
Hugh Grant ... St Clair Bayfield
Simon Helberg ... Cosmé McMoon
Rebecca Ferguson ... Kathleen
Nina Arianda ... Agnes Stark
Stanley Townsend ... Phineas Stark
Allan Corduner ... John Totten
Christian McKay ... Earl Wilson
David Haig ... Carlo Edwards
John Sessions ... Dr. Hermann
Brid Brennan ... Kitty
John Kavanagh ... Arturo Toscanini
Pat Starr Pat Starr ... Mrs Vanderbilt
Maggie Steed ... Mrs James O'Flaherty
Thelma Barlow Thelma Barlow ... Mrs Oscar Garmunder
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Storyline

Florence Foster Jenkins, an heiress from NYC, always wanted to be a concert pianist and play Carnegie Hall. An injury in her youth deterred that dream, so she sets out to sing her way to Carnegie Hall, knowing the only way to get there would be, "Practice, practice, practice". Her husband supports her venture, and Florence Foster Jenkins' performance at Carnegie Hall becomes a truly historic event. Written by stephen scialli

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The inspiring true story of the world's worst singer. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for brief suggestive material. | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

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Release Date:

12 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Florence See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,601,313, 12 August 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,370,107, 23 October 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,080,000, 12 August 2016
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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (some footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As of 2018, there are still 2 opposing theories as to the cause of Florence's "unique" singing style. Either, one theory is that it was actually a knowing stage act where she was deliberately singing badly to an invited crowd in on the bad singing gag, somewhat akin to the late British comedian Les Dawson's well-known out of key piano playing gags. The alternative theory is that some of the more extreme syphilis symptoms, maybe have caused problems, apart from her hand, such as deafness, tone-deafness, and maybe even affected her brain tissue, meaning that what she heard was far from what everyone else heard. This second theory could also part explain why she gave up the piano playing previously. See more »

Goofs

Arturo Toscanini presents Florence Foster Jenkins with his recording of the "Bell Song" from Leo Delibes' "Lakmé" with soprano Lily Pons, on the Columbia label. Toscanini never performed with Ms. Pons; her usual conductor was her husband, André Kostelanetz. All of Toscanini's commercial recordings were for Victor (later RCA Victor) and its foreign affiliates, or for HMV, aside from two 78 RPM sides for Brunswick in 1926. See more »

Quotes

Florence Foster Jenkins: [dressed as Valkyre] How do I look?
St Clair Bayfield: Wunderbar.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 January 2017 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Lakmé - Bell Song
Written by Léo Delibes
Performed by Meryl Streep & Simon Helberg
Arranged by Terry Davies
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If a thing's worth doing, it's worth doing badly.
10 May 2016 | by Lomax343See all my reviews

There's something rather wonderful about people who manage to do things incredibly badly - William MacGonagall, the world's worst poet, and Eddie the Eagle Edwards, the world's worst ski-jumper, spring to mind; but Florence Foster Jenkins is in the pantheon as the world's worst singer. I have a CD of the few recordings she made, and not the least remarkable aspect of Meryl Streep's performance is that she superbly captures La Jenkins' extraordinary singing voice. This, however, is only one part of a beautiful performance, in which Streep gives us a touchingly vulnerable Jenkins. I saw this film expecting to laugh - and indeed there are some great comic moments. What I didn't expect, however, was to find myself sympathising with the title character so much, to the extent that I found myself rooting for her - not to give a magnificent recital, but at least to BELIEVE that she had. Hugh Grant plays Jenkins' sort-of husband (they never actually married in real life, though the film implies that they did) and manager. It's a fine performance, and he's lost none of his ease with comic scenes. He also has some heartwarmingly touching scenes in which he gives Jenkins the (platonic) love she is so desperate for, and when he tries to shield her from the truth. Even so, I was never quite sure how to reconcile this side of his character with the double-life he leads without Jenkins' knowledge. Simon Helberg is excellent as Jenkins' much put-upon accompanist, and Nina Arianda provides a good turn as a gold-digger who displays some unexpected heart. Highly recommended.


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