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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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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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Trivia

Jenkins created all her own outfits, inspired by the style of "a Mexican señorita" and 18th-century ball gowns. She also designed her pair of heavenly wings. According to costume designer Consolata Boyle, "She was a supreme performer, so her clothes were gorgeously outrageous. They were high camp but with a softness so she drew people in. And she had no embarrassment about how she looked." See more »

Goofs

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 »

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

References Bathing Beauty (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Like a Bird
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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Dreams are worth living
14 May 2016 | by PipAndSqueakSee all my reviews

This is the most surprising film ever. You know it is about a woman who can't sing for toffee but who hosts huge concerts to not exactly appreciative audiences. Why on earth would this make for a compelling film? The surprising thing is that cast, script and direction are perfectly in tune with this compassionate biographical treatment of a woman driven to be the musician she dreams she is. Knocked by paternal disapproval, marital failure and physical illness, Florence 'thinks positive' and takes action. She knows what it is to suffer and is ready, at the drop of a hat, to do what she can to be of service to others via her self declared life-passion 'music'. It is both a joy and heart breaking to live in this woman's world. Meryl Streep is absolutely perfect in this role and makes this difficult story heart-rending and laugh out loud all at once. Definite go see!


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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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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (some footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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