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P.T. Barnum (1999)

The story of the great American showman and promoter.

Director:

Simon Wincer

Writer:

Lionel Chetwynd
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beau Bridges ... P.T. Barnum
Jordan Bridges ... Young P.T. Barnum
Cynthia Dale ... Charity
Natalie Radford Natalie Radford ... Young Charity
George Hamilton ... Francis Olmsted
Henry Czerny ... Greenwood
Charles Martin Smith ... Beach
Josh Ryan Evans ... (General) Tom Thumb
R.H. Thomson ... James Anthony Bailey
Art Kitching ... Samuel Hurd
Stephanie Morgenstern ... Nancy (Fish)
Serge Houde ... John Genin
Isabelle Cyr ... Caroline (Barnum)
Bruce Dinsmore ... David Thompson
Victoria Sanchez ... Helen (Barnum)
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Storyline

This series illustrates the life and career of P.T. Barnum, America's greatest showman and promoter. Starting as a young man who managed an old woman who was supposedly George Washington's nursemaid, we see his career as he finds success promoting curiosities and attractions with panache and a judicious mix of truth and creativity, whether it be promoting his museum or characters like the midget General Tom Thumb. Yet because the demands of his businesses, his family life is troubled and marred by tragedy. All the while, events lead to his greatest creation, the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barnum Cirkusz See more »

Filming Locations:

Brockville, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

Barnum never himself used the phrase "there's a sucker born every minute." See more »

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Well done!
23 October 1999 | by wipsterSee all my reviews

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed Beau Bridges' (and his son's) portrayal of P.T. Barnum in this well written, well acted, and well directed production. We felt it provided an excellent insight into PT's feelings and motivation. His need for approval by the "upper class" (George Hamilton's character in particular) was illustrated quite eloquently, as was his eventualacceptance.

While it may not have been 100% historically accurate, it was quite refreshing to see a well made movie that did not depend on gratuitous sex, language, and violence. This is a film that can be enjoyed by the entire family.


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