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





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Florence Foster Jenkins
... St Clair Bayfield
... Cosmé McMoon
... Kathleen
... Agnes Stark
... Phineas Stark
... John Totten
... Earl Wilson
... Carlo Edwards
... Dr. Hermann
Brid Brennan ... Kitty
... Arturo Toscanini
Pat Starr ... Mrs Vanderbilt
... Mrs James O'Flaherty
Thelma Barlow ... Mrs Oscar Garmunder


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Every voice deserves to be heard. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 August 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Florence  »


Box Office


$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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene where Jenkins (Streep) visits McMoon (Helberg) at his apartment, McMoon is busy lifting weights. This is a nod to the real McMoon who couldn't make a career in music after working with Jenkins and had to give up music to become a bodybuilder. See more »


In several scenes, a 1949 Packard is parked on the street. Due to wartime production stoppages, the newest cars in 1944 were 1942 models. See more »


St Clair Bayfield: Will you be writing something?
Earl Wilson: Yes, and it will be the truth.
St Clair Bayfield: Isn't the truth that a lot of hurt people are having some fun?
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Written by Alexander Pushkin & Count Alexis Pavlovitch
Based on Prelude 16 by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Performed by Meryl Streep & Simon Helberg
Arranged by Terry Davies
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A delight
12 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

12 May 2016 Second Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight - Florence Foster Jenkins. I was very much looking forward to this film, and it did not disappoint. It is the story of Florence, a woman devoted to music and passionate about singing. Unfortunately she cannot sing. Money however seems to buy you what you want and Florence hires the best teacher and along with a pianist (played by Howard from The Big Bang Theory, and quite wonderfully too) strives for her dreams in a very single minded fashion. Streep is the most versatile and accomplished actress of her generation and as we have seen many times before can turn her hand to practically anything. Hugh Grant who usually bumbles his way through a film with his Britishness and buffoonery came across as a tender and caring man who loved his wife deeply, and would do anything to prevent her from being hurt. Along with a simply spiffing score this film was a delight from start to finish, all the more poignant because it was based on a true story.

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