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The Greatest Showman (2017)

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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)  »

Also Known As:

El gran showman  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$84,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$98,931,455, 15 January 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$198,473,366, 15 January 2018
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Trivia

During the scene where Barnum (Hugh Jackman) tries to persuade Carlyle (Zac Efron) to join his circus, Barnum says that Carlyle has a flair for show business. The scene originally ran longer, with Carlyle remarking that he doesn't know what 'show business' means, to which Barnum responds that it is because he just invented it. This line featured prominently in trailer, but was cut from the finished movie. 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

P.T. Barnum: The noblest art is that of making others happy
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Crazy Credits

The modern 20th Century Fox logo along with the logos for TSG Entertainment and Chernin Entertainment are shown in black and white. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 75th Golden Globe Awards (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

A Million Dreams (Reprise)
Written by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek
Performed by Austyn Johnson and Cameron Seely
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As Soon As It Was Over, I Wanted to See It Again
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I love the circus. I love quality cinema. Not since Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962) has a motion picture so successfully combined these two elements. I wouldn't be surprised if it won the same awards as Cecil B. DeMille's The Greatest Show on Earth (1952). Michael Gracey skillfully brought together the best music, choreography, cast, cinematography, visual effects, costumes, and set decoration I have seen in recent years, all fresh and original, and integrated them into nothing short of a masterpiece.


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