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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 10 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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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Trivia

Hugh Grant had semi-retired when director Stephen Frears convinced him to star in this film. Grant said he participated in the film to act opposite Meryl Streep. See more »

Goofs

Many of the cars in the street view of NY seem to be newer than 1944. Some look like early 50s even. 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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Connections

Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 24 January 2017 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Hungarian Rhapsody No 2
Written by Franz Liszt
Performed by Jonathan Plowright
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The fat lady sings!
11 May 2016 | by davidgeeSee all my reviews

A kind of 'companion piece' to THE KING'S SPEECH. After the monarch who couldn't speak publicly we are invited to meet the soprano who should never have sung to an audience. This is the more-or-less true story of the 1940s New York socialite who seemingly did not know how monumentally awful her singing was. Florence Foster Jenkins was a Woman of Substance in more than one sense: a mega-rich heiress, built like a leaking sandbag and possessed of an immense ego.

It's a gift of a part, and Meryl Streep goes for it at full throttle, combining elements of Ethel Merman, Hyacinth Bucket and Nellie Melba to stupendous effect. The supporting cast are also given juicy roles to wallow in and, boy, do they wallow! Hugh Grant's lightweight shtick works perfectly for Florence's second husband, who openly keeps a mistress but dotes like a puppy-dog on his ailing wife, indulging her musical delusion with a passion that fully matches her own. David Haig plays Florence's vocal coach in the manner of a pantomime horse.

Simon Helberg steals many a scene as her gay accompanist who finds it hard to keep a straight face but comes to be caught up in the typhoon of Florence's enormous self-belief. There are some delicious cameos among the members of the New York elite who support the fantasy with varying degrees of sincerity. The finale, Florence's sell-out concert at Carnegie Hall is a comedic if not exactly a musical triumph.

This is a slight story, crisply scripted, elegantly photographed and stylishly directed (by Stephen Frears). Streep steams through it like an ocean liner – there's more than a hint of Queen Mary the 'former first lady' as well as Queen Mary the excessively luxurious vessel. Yet another Oscar could easily come her way. In Dustin Hoffman's QUARTET I felt slightly cheated that the principals never actually sang. Here you look forward with a kind of awed dread to the moments when the fat lady sings!


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Release Date:

12 August 2016 (USA) See more »

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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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Color | Black and White (some footage)

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2.35 : 1
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