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Little Voice (1998)

A shy reclusive lady is convinced by an invisible entity to sing. Subsequently, she finds herself noticed by a sleazy talent agent and her talent being showcased on-stage. She also meets a kind but nervous man who becomes her best friend.

Director:

Mark Herman

Writers:

Jim Cartwright (play), Mark Herman (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Blethyn ... Mari Hoff
Jane Horrocks ... LV
Ewan McGregor ... Billy
Philip Jackson ... George
Annette Badland ... Sadie
Michael Caine ... Ray Say
Jim Broadbent ... Mr. Boo
Adam Fogerty ... Bouncer
James Welsh James Welsh ... Bouncer
Karen Gregory Karen Gregory ... Stripper
Fred Feast ... Arthur
Graham Turner Graham Turner ... LV's Dad
George Oliver George Oliver ... Pawnbroker
Virgil Tracy Virgil Tracy ... Loan Advisor
Dick Van Winkle Dick Van Winkle ... Money Lender
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Storyline

The pathetically shy LV lives the life of a recluse listening to her late father's old records in her room and in the process driving her abusive, loud-mouthed mother, Mari Hoff, to distraction. At night, however, when her father's ghost visits, LV sings the songs of the great divas such as Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and Dame Shirley Bassey. One evening, LV is overheard by one of her mother's loathsome boyfriends, the disastrous dead-end talent scout Ray Say, who recognizes her innate talent and realizes this is his last big chance for the glittering prizes. Gambling everything, Ray Say forces LV to appear at a local run-down, seedy nightclub run by Mr. Boo. As preparations for the big event proceed apace LV meets the equally shy Billy, a pigeon-racing telephone engineer and they form a tentative, gentle friendship. The big night finally arrives and everything is in readiness, the band, the club, and even a big agent from London, but what about LV? Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Taglines:

Finding your own voice can be magic. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Голосок See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,722, 6 December 1998

Gross USA:

$4,611,784

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,611,784
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It's speculated that LV is suffering from depression and has extreme social phobia and chronic depression and possibly PTSD. See more »

Goofs

The character played by Michael Caine during a conversation with Jane Horrocks' character, when naming the famous people he had met in the past, called Matt Monro the singing bus "conductor", when in fact it is well known that Matt Monro was a bus "driver" before he became famous. See more »

Quotes

Mari Hoff: [Mari and Ray are persuading LV to sing on stage] / You might feel shy.
Ray Say: But there's nothing wrong with being shy at first.
Mari Hoff: It's natural that.
Ray Say: Had a girl recently, wouldn't say boo to a goose. Now she's topping the bill at the reform club.
Mari Hoff: Who's that? That stripper!
Ray Say: Well, yeah, it's the same thing though really. Teenagers and that.
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Crazy Credits

Special Thanks to ... Jason Wheeler and Team, ... Staff at St. Nicholas Hotel, Wreahead Hotel and East Ayton Lodge, ... The People of Scarborough ... North Yorkshire Police (Scarborough Department), Scarborough Borough Council, South Bay Traders Association, Haven Holidays (Cayton Bay), Stephen Joseph Theatre. See more »


Soundtracks

The Dicky Bird Hop
Written by Ronald Gourley/Leslie Sarony
Published by Keith Prowse Music Publishing Co. Limited/EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Performed by Gracie Fields
Courtesy of Sound & Music International
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I Never Thought I`d Enjoy This
20 March 2003 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

To be blunt the only reason I watched LITTLE VOICE was because there was absolutely nothing else on and I was expecting some sort of substandard Mike Leigh film . And I wasn`t expecting my opinion to be swayed either as the opening credits rolled , based on a stage play and full of actors with " Eee by gum " northern accents and with a foul mouthed mother bullying her painfully introverted daughter this had all the hallmarks of a tedious 90 minutes , but the more the film went on the more I became engrossed . I`ve never seen Jim Cartwright`s play so I can`t comment if Mark Herman`s script is an improvement but what a great script it is , something that touches your heart and makes you smile . The scene with LV singing a medley is uplifting while the scenes with " Take Fat " and Trigger Smith - Knife thrower will make you laugh outloud . This is a great feel good movie with a great cast , Michael Caine and Jim Broadbent are very good ( Well they do have three Oscars between them ) , Ewan McGregor gives one of his better performances and Brenda Blethyn deserved her Oscar nod , but standing head and shoulders above the entire cast is Jane Horrocks as LV . The fact that she wasn`t Oscar nominated in the title role is one of the biggest travesties in recent academy award history

Just to sum up this is a great film . British cinema experienced an upturn in the 1990s with the likes of THE CRYING GAME , FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL , and THE FULL MONTY , but these films are as overrated as much as LITTLE VOICE is underrated . LITTLE VOICE is one of the best Brit flicks from the most recent golden age of British cinema


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