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The Greatest Showman (2017)

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In 34 theaters near Ashburn VA US [change]

Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Orphaned, penniless but ambitious and with a mind crammed with imagination and fresh ideas, the American Phineas Taylor Barnum will always be remembered as the man with the gift to effortlessly blur the line between reality and fiction. Thirsty for innovation and hungry for success, the son of a tailor will manage to open a wax museum but will soon shift focus to the unique and peculiar, introducing extraordinary, never-seen-before live acts on the circus stage. Some will call Barnum's wide collection of oddities, a freak show; however, when the obsessed for cheers and respectability showman gambles everything on the opera singer Jenny Lind to appeal to a high-brow audience, he will somehow lose sight of the most important aspect of his life: his family. Will Barnum risk it all to be accepted? Written by Nick Riganas

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Rated PG for thematic elements including a brawl | See all certifications »

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20 December 2017 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$84,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,805,843, 24 December 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$100,335,176, 16 January 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$200,358,874, 16 January 2018
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Among Barnum's "freaks", the film portrays two Asian conjoined twins. These are the real Chang and Eng Bunker, two brothers born in Siam, modern day Thailand, whose origin was the basis of the term "siamese twins". Chang and Eng retired after their life in Barnum's circus to North Carolina, got married and had 11 and 10 children respectively. However, they were broke after the American Civil War and went on touring again. They both died on 1874, Cheng from a brain blood clot and Feng from heart failure -or shock, the sources differ- merely three hours later. See more »

Goofs

Around 2/3rds of the movie in we see Barnam leaving with Lind to start her US tour. The film shows a horse drawn carriage waiting outside the door, with Lind already seated inside, it collects Barnam, and then leaves down a gravel drive from the house leaving tracks as it goes down the drive. However there is only one set of tracks that is being created as the carriage leaves, there should have been at least one more set as the carriage came to the house to collect Barnam, as well as other marks from use, such as foot/horse prints. See more »

Quotes

Anne Wheeler: [singing to Philip] You know I want you/It's not a secret I try to hide/But I can't have you/We're bound to break and my hands are tied.
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Crazy Credits

An old-fashioned 20th Century Fox logo is shown before the modern one. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Believer's Heaven (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

The Other Side
Written by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek
Performed by Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron
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Another Musical Classic: Don't Mind the Critics!
25 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

I think critics are missing the whole premise of the film. I never really saw this as a biography to begin with, but a fun, upbeat historical fiction musical. Each musical number had a fitting mood for the scene, especially the opening number where it was especially satisfying to see the visual aspects of the film. I saw this film as a mixture of the pop-style mood of Hamilton, mixed with the visual joyride that was Pippin. It works for me perfectly. I never really felt the runtime at all because the musical parts of the show were enough to keep me satisfied. Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman definitely brought my favorite performances, with Waitress actress Keala Settle delivering some satisfying vocal delivery. You can definitely feel the La La Land levels of genius lyrics here. As for story, I found myself telling the characters "NO DON'T DO THAT" or "YESSS" very softly in the theater. There were even a few moments where I smiled and laughed out loud. In the words of Rachel Bloom, "the modern musical is an American invention, and it is still alive and well." It's rare that we get to see wonderfully crafted theatrical musicals such as this and La La Land. This is also something I think many critics fail to see. This is definitely one of my favorite films of all time.


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