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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
Gemma-Leah Devereux ... Liza Minnelli
Andy Nyman ... Dan
Darci Shaw ... Young Judy
Phil Dunster ... Ben
Royce Pierreson ... Burt
Gaia Weiss ... Abbie
Fenella Woolgar ... Margaret Hamilton
John Dagleish ... Lonnie Donegan
Philippe Spall ... L.A. Cab Driver
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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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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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Official Sites:

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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:

$14,936,811

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,540,067
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original "Talk of the Town" (now the Hippodrome Casino in London's West End) could not be used for key scenes in the film, so the production opted for the spacious Hackney Empire theatre in central London instead. See more »

Goofs

By the time the movie is set both Lorna and Joey Luft were living with their father. Because of Judy's pill use they both decided to move in with their father. See more »


Soundtracks

Get Happy
Written by Sam Smith
Performed by Renée Zellweger and Sam Smith
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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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