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
20 December 2017 (USA)
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Also Known As:
El gran showman
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Opening Weekend USA: $8,805,843,
24 December 2017, Wide Release
Gross USA: $113,973,270, 22 January 2018
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $232,119,095, 22 January 2018
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Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?
The headline of first newspaper review describes Barnum's show as a "Circus of Humbug". When he's given his top hat before the next show, someone had put a gold crown around the top hat which says "Prince Humbug" or "Prince of Humbug". The words gets mentioned another couple of times in the movie: when introducing Jenny Lind on stage in New York for the first time, Barnum says that people might dismiss the performance as "Barnum Humbug," and when he comes home part way through her tour, he tells his wife that he has come home because he misses her and their girls. She tells him that sounds "like humbug". See more
The actor who plays Tom Thumb is 4' 2" in real life so he's made to look shorter in the film by having the actor stand or walk on his knees with fake shoes attached. In the 'This Is Me' number, Tom Thumb appears and disappears at different points. He's in the group of oddities as they enter the hall of concert goers since he reaches up for the Bearded Lady's hand and he sings his line. He's missing from the overhead group shot as the oddities march out of the concert hall towards the circus, since the actor would have been unable to keep up with the group shuffling along on his knees. He's still missing as the group approaches the monument outside the circus. Then he suddenly reappears when the group is stationary singing at the monument. See more
Hey sweetie, who's that young man over there?
Oh that's Phillip Carlyle. A bit of a scandal, they say. His last play was a hit in London.
Play? Pay good money to watch people stand around and talk for two hours and they call *me* a conman.
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