PG | | Biography, Drama, Musical
Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
Among Barnum's "freaks", the film portrays two Asian conjoined twins. These are the real Chang and Eng Bunker, two brothers born in Siam, modern day Thailand, whose origin was the basis of the term "siamese twins". Chang and Eng retired after their ... ...
Where is that singing coming from?
P.T. Barnum: Ma'am, you are...
Lettie Lutz: You need to leave, sir.
P.T. Barnum: You are beautiful. You are unique.
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.
A quote from PT Barnum is shown on screen prior to the end credits.
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