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.
Both Hugh Jackman (P.T. Barnum) and Shuler Hensley (Lead Protestor) were cast members of the 1999 London West End revival of Oklahoma, as Curly and Jud Fry, respectively. The pair were also cast in Van Helsing as Van Helsing and the Frankenstein ... ...
P. T. Barnum, at your service.
P.T. Barnum: I am putting together a show, and I need a star.
Tom Thumb: You want people to laugh at me.
P.T. Barnum: Well they're laughing anyway, kid, so you might as well get paid.
General Tom Thumb, real name Charles Sherwood Stratton, was only four years old when Barnum hired him. Not twenty-two as the movie claims. Also the movie fails to point out that Stratton and Barnum were actually related (They were distant cousins.).
The rolling credits are displayed over hand-painted artwork summarizing visual highlights in the film from beginning to end.
$8,805,843 (USA) (24 December 2017)
$157,366,870 (USA) (22 February 2018)
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