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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.

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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

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 »

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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

Renée Zellweger is set to release her first ever solo album covering songs by Judy Garland. 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

Feeling Good
Written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
(c)1964 Concord Music Ltd.
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Zellweger shines, but storyline has too many blind spots
23 September 2019 | by Art SnobSee all my reviews

I caught this film at this year's TIFF, and can confirm the raves for Renee Zellweger's performance as Judy Garland -- it definitely is one of the year's best. But I had problems with the film overall. There's just too much left out to make for a legitimate biopic.

The biggest omission: daughter Liza Minelli. At the time depicted in this movie, she was 23, already making movies, and on a career trajectory that would result in an Oscar three years later (before her career admittedly went off a cliff). But here she pretty much doesn't exist - only Garland's two later children do.

And when you reflect upon it, there's a lot more missing in this film. It also treats the period between Garland's Wizard of Oz/Andy Hardy MGM days and her final gig doing a London stage show in 1969 as a big blank, even though there were successes along the way well into the 60's, including two Oscar nominations and a Grammy award for Album of the Year. (Also a short-lived television show where she did a memorable duet with a 21-year-old Barbara Streisand.) Considering the range of celebrities she worked with, the opportunities for quality namedropping are limitless - but aside from Mickey Rooney, there's a pronounced lack of it

There are problems with inclusion as well. In real life, Garland had so many gay admirers that she gave rise to the "FOD" (Friends of Dorothy) acronym as slang for gays. In the movie, this angle is treated in very shorthand fashion by two completely fictional gay admirers of her London shows.

The film reminded me a lot of JACKIE from 2016, where Natalie Portman played Jackie Kennedy. Her performance was certainly Oscar-worthy -- and she did get nominated - but I had problems with the presentation, particularly how Kennedy's funeral was depicted as a national day of mourning. Zellweger is similarly a nomination lock riding in a flawed vehicle.


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