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Judy (2019)

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

Director:

Rupert Goold

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Renée Zellweger ... Judy Garland
Jessie Buckley ... Rosalyn Wilder
Finn Wittrock ... Mickey Deans
Rufus Sewell ... Sid Luft
Michael Gambon ... Bernard Delfont
Richard Cordery ... Louis B. Mayer
Royce Pierreson ... Burt Rhodes
Darci Shaw ... Young Judy
Andy Nyman ... Dan
Daniel Cerqueira Daniel Cerqueira ... Stan
Bella Ramsey ... Lorna Luft
Lewin Lloyd ... Joey Luft
Tom Durant Pritchard ... Ken Frisch (as Tom Durant-Pritchard)
John Dagleish ... Lonnie Donegan
Adrian Lukis Adrian Lukis ... Dr. Hargreaves
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Storyline

Thirty years after starring in "The Wizard of Oz (1939)," beloved actress and singer Judy Garland arrives in London to perform sold-out shows at the Talk of the Town nightclub. While there, she reminisces with friends and fans and begins a whirlwind romance with musician Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband. Written by Jwelch5742

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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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UK | USA

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:

$24,221,835

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,831,545
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Make-up Designer Jeremy Woodhead had to prosthetically extend the tip of Renée Zellweger's nose slightly to better match Judy Garland's profile. Dark gray contact lenses were used to approximate Garland's dark brown eyes, and a cropped walnut-brown wig was fashioned to resemble Garland's iconic hairdo. See more »

Goofs

The opening scene of Judy and Louis B. Mayer walking around the set of The Wizard of Oz is wrong. The set shown is completely inaccurate. The poppies would not have been on an adjoining set, and they were wrong in size and color. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Louis B. Mayer: What do you see beyond this wall? Picture it. You've got an imagination; go ahead. What I see is a small town in the Midwest. A handful of churches, somewhere for the farmers to get drunk together. Maybe a salon for their wives to do their hair on the holidays. I visit these places. These are the people who send us our profits. Who send us your wages. I make movies, Judy, but it's your job to give those people dreams. The economy is in the gutter, and they pay for you. And I'll ...
[...]
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Soundtracks

Come Rain or Come Shine
Written by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen
Performed by Renée Zellweger
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Zellweger IS Judy Garland
28 September 2019 | by gortxSee all my reviews

Sometimes an entire movie boils down to a lead performance, and JUDY is one of those examples. Fortunately, Renee Zellweger is more than up to to the challenge. Zellweger does more than just an imitation here - sure, the ticks and mannerisms that have been copied and parodied for decades are all on display, but, the actress goes for, and largely, attains several more layers. The script follows the "Last Days" scenario seen in so many bio-pics. The doomed character. The flashbacks. The final triumph. The various side characters who represent assorted people throughout that person's life etc. etc.. Still Zellweger is strong enough to overcome most of the cliches. The rest of the cast does well, but outside of Jessie Buckley as her London assistant, they don't get much to do (Michael Gambon in particular has, almost literally, nothing to do). The Production, music (nice to hear a new Gabriel Yared score), and, most critically, the makeup and hair all work to give us a fairly convincing glimpse of Garland's final months in 1969. Theater Director Rupert Goold keeps the viewer focused on his main character despite some melodramatic passages in Tom Edge's screenplay (based on Peter Quilter's play). The nicest touch is a scene with a male couple (Andy Nyman and Daniel Cerqueira) get to spend a night hosting Judy in London. It's a warm human moment that also pays homage to Garland's relationship with the gay community (a status that she bequeathed to her daughter Liza). Zellweger delivers a strong performance that keeps JUDY moving along, if not always smoothly.


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