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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.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writer:

Nicholas Martin
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 41 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 ... 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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The first full biography of Florence Foster Jenkins was written by Darryl W. Bullock, and published by Duckworth Overlook in April 2016. See more »

Goofs

About an hour into the film, Hugh Grant (St. Clair) was out and about in the middle of the night. In one scene, we note one of the nearby establishments was "open", as we can clearly see by the bright, red/blue rectangular "open" neon sign over his shoulder. Although a familiar electric sign is commonly used today by stores and bars, flashy "open" neon signs were just not used in the 30s, 40s and 50s. See more »

Quotes

Florence Foster Jenkins: Just hurry.
St Clair Bayfield: Yes, yes. There in a demisemiquaver.
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Connections

Referenced in Výzva: Jitka Sedlácková (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Valse Caressante
Written by Cosmé McMoon
Performed by Meryl Streep & Simon Helberg
Arranged by Terry Davies
By Kind Permission of the McMunn Estate
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User Reviews

 
What happens when serious music is turned upside down?
11 May 2016 | by huckthingSee all my reviews

The film is based on the true story of the New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins. In 1944 she hired Carnegie Hall to perform as a soprano soloist. With no musical ability whatsoever but a large inheritance to enable her to indulge her love of performing, Florence Foster Jenkins becomes an unwitting musical clown which sustains the comedy throughout the film. The character is played with gentle comic affection by Meryl Streep.

Hugh Grant is well cast as Florence's doting and enabling husband St Clair Bayfield. It is to Grant's charisma and acting ability that he is able to portray an adulterous scoundrel who is milking his wife's inheritance and turn it into a devoted and loving husband. His brilliant charm offensive is one of the remarkable things about the movie.

Hazel Finn


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Language:

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Release Date:

12 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,601,313, 14 August 2016

Gross USA:

$27,383,770

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,052,787
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (some footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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