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Judy (2019)

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Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

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Rupert Goold

Writers:

Tom Edge (screenplay by), Peter Quilter (based on the stageplay "End of the Rainbow" by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Renée Zellweger ... Judy Garland
Jessie Buckley ... Rosalyn Wilder
Finn Wittrock ... Mickey Deans
Rufus Sewell ... Sidney Luft
Michael Gambon ... Bernard Delfont
Bella Ramsey ... Lorna Luft
Andy Nyman ... Dan
Gemma-Leah Devereux ... Liza Minnelli
Darci Shaw ... Young Judy
Gaia Weiss ... Abbie
Phil Dunster ... Ben
Royce Pierreson ... Burt
Fenella Woolgar ... Margaret Hamilton
John Dagleish ... Lonnie Donegan
Richard Cordery ... Louis B. Mayer
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Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Judy Garland: the legend behind the rainbow.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for substance abuse, thematic content, some strong language, and smoking | See all certifications »

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Details

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,916,548, 29 September 2019

Gross USA:

$19,018,113

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,019,395
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film is a loose adaptation of the Olivier-nominated play 'End of the Rainbow.' Peter Quilter, the playwright behind "End of the Rainbow," said that he believed screenwriter Tom Edge "wanted the story to be much more true and precise," with less "elements of fantasy" than the play. See more »

Goofs

When Judy and Mickey make a tower of cans above their sleeping friend, there is a state 7-up can. These cans were not released until 1976 for the bicentennial, long after the time frame of the movie. See more »


Soundtracks

Get Happy
Written by Sam Smith
Performed by Renée Zellweger and Sam Smith
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Zellweger gives best performance in years
28 September 2019 | by johnhandsome-32658See all my reviews

With Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland, you can not only feel her and see her, but you forget Zellweger is even there at all. Like many great performances, you see the character and forget that there is even an actor. Watching her performance is like watching a cosmic display. Some things are just meant to happen.

There have been many so-so bio-pics as of late, most comparably Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, in which another great actress, Benning, portrays the troubled last days of another great actress, Graham. Comparably, Zellweger's performance outshines the more renowned Benning. By contrast, Liverpool is also jaggedly uneven. That's not to say that Judy is perfect. Music bios are tough. Rami supposedly was great in Bohemian Rhapsody, but the film encompassed a superficial sentiment and lacked intellectual curiosity. Control, the Joy Division piece, is maybe the best in recent years... But Judy is right up there.

The story covers her last gig in London. The film uses flashbacks in order for the audience to understand her character. While most of those around her only see a washed up star, who was just forty seven.

What the story lacks in structure, it makes up with warmth. While this is a softer portrait, it still feels authentic. It finds no purpose in portraying her issues with callousness. Instead the narrative depends on Garland trying to understand herself, while making poor choice after poor choice. If you know anything about Garland, you know where she is going... But what you may not know, is she how she arrived there. It is a deeply sentimental portrait of a brilliant mind and troubled heart.

There have been some cynics saying that "Only a fool would try to play Garland." Dare, I say, Zellweger just made a fool out of you.

See this movie, it will remind you of yourself.


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