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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
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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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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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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | German | Italian | Russian

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (some footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The real Cosme McMoon passed away in August of 1980. The actor who portrays him, Simon Helberg, was born four months later on December 9th 1980. See more »

Goofs

St. Clair Bayfield smokes filtered cigarettes in several scenes. Marlboro created the first commercially available filtered cigarette in 1922. They were created for women, with filters to keep their fingertips from turning brown and a red butt so their lipstick would not show. Bayfield could have easily gotten filtered cigarettes in 1944. See more »

Quotes

St Clair Bayfield: [Doing breathing exercises with Florence before a concert]
St Clair Bayfield: Blow the candles out.
Florence Foster Jenkins: [breathes feebly]
St Clair Bayfield: Hate the candles!
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Featured in Honest Trailers: The Oscars 2018 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Hungarian Rhapsody No 2
Written by Franz Liszt
Performed by Jonathan Plowright
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A delight
12 May 2016 | by Figgy66-915-598470See 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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