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Dreamgirls


Overview - The 1982 Tony-Award-winning musical DREAMGIRLS shimmies its way to the big screen with a stellar cast and undeniable sheen. Set in 1960s Detroit, DREAMGIRLS follows the commercial and cultural struggles of the R&B recording industry, through the rise of the Dreamettes (later shortened to just the Dreams) from backup singers to headlining international superstars.  Read more...

 

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Overview

The 1982 Tony-Award-winning musical DREAMGIRLS shimmies its way to the big screen with a stellar cast and undeniable sheen. Set in 1960s Detroit, DREAMGIRLS follows the commercial and cultural struggles of the R&B recording industry, through the rise of the Dreamettes (later shortened to just the Dreams) from backup singers to headlining international superstars. The trio--Deena (Beyoncé Knowles), Effie (Jennifer Hudson), and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose)--soon discover the harsh reality behind the glamour of fame and fortune, as the group's controlling and shady manager, Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx), uses them to help build his musical empire and capture his dream of crossing over from R&B to the pop charts. He sacrifices Effie's immense talent as lead singer for Deena's stunning, more mainstream look to sell the sound, pushing marketable appeal over musical artisanship--and compromising the ambitions of his protégés. Since its Broadway debut, DREAMGIRLS has been widely rumored to be inspired by the hugely successful girl-group the Supremes, as well as some of Motown's biggest players. Knowles's Deena portrays a Diana Ross-like character, radiant in miraculous recreations of the hairstyles and fashions that made Ross timeless, while Foxx's Taylor exemplifies the style of influential Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. Former AMERICAN IDOL contestant Jennifer Hudson makes her feature-film debut delivering a knockout performance as the larger-than-life Effie, and Eddie Murphy is believable as the misunderstood James Brown-like character of Jimmy "Thunder" Early. Vibrant with colorful costumes and sleek backdrops, the film flows effortlessly from dialogue to musical numbers, each song capturing the richness of the talented cast and the essence of the era, endlessly soaring with fast-paced excitement and nonstop emotion.

Awards:
2006 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress Winner

Cast List

Fatima Robinson - Choreographer/Fitness Guru
Bill Condon - American Director
Laurence Mark - Producer/Executive
Danny Glover - American actor
Hinton Battle - Actor/"Foreign Student"
Anika Noni Rose - Actor, FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY (2003)
Sharon Leal - Actor, DREAMGIRLS, (2006)
Jamie Foxx - TV/Film actor
Virginia Katz - Editor, FEARLESS (2006)
Henry Krieger - Composer, DREAMGIRLS, (2006)
Eddie Murphy - American Actor/Comedian, TRADING PLACES (1983)
Beyonce Knowles - Actress, AUSTIN POWERS 3 (2002)
Beyonce - Actress, AUSTIN POWERS 3 (2002)
Jennifer Hudson - Oscar winning American actress, DREAMGIRLS
Anne Preven - Music, DREAMGIRLS, (2006)
Patricia Witcher - Exec. Producer, DREAMGIRLS, (2006)
John Myhre - Art Director
Tom Voth
John Lithgow - American Actor
Sharen Davis - Costume Designer, RAY (2004)
Keith Robinson - Actor, THIS CHRISTMAS

 
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  • UPC: 883929304288

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas
Movies > Musicals
Movies > Pop Music

Related Keywords:
Music (General)
Theatrical Release
R&B/Soul
Pop Groups
Singers
1960s
Divas
Pop Stars
Soul Music

 
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Notes:
Theatrical Release: December 15, 2006

Reviews:
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "This baby dazzles like nothing else anywhere....DREAMGIRLS is a movie that has everything: a blazing new star in Jennifer Hudson, a riveting, revitalized Eddie Murphy, a hot-lick score...[and] a timely story..." - 12/14/2006 Rolling Stone, p.132


"[W]hen was the last time you saw a first-time film actress upstage an Oscar winner, a pop diva and a movie star of long standing? Ms. Hudson is not going anywhere. She has arrived." - 12/15/2006 New York Times, p.E10


"DREAMGIRLS is the rare movie musical with real rapture in it....[The editing] works in beautiful smooth tandem with the whooshing, darting camera." -- Grade: B+ - 12/22/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.55


Ranked #2 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2006" -- "DREAMGIRLS is a movie you take to heart." - 12/28/2006 Rolling Stone, p.116


4 stars out of 5 -- "Murphy delivers easily his best work to date in a role that perfectly utilises his wise-cracking persona, earthy singing voice and steadily advancing years." - 03/01/2007 Total Film, p.32


"[T]he greatest pleasure comes from its honesty as a musical....[With] great spangly extravaganzas of glam and glory, fireworks and frocks." - 03/01/2007 Sight and Sound, p.43


4 stars out of 5 -- "Packed with big production numbers and dazzling cinematography, this movie is sequin-sharp and note perfect..." - 07/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.16

 
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