Dreamgirls (2006)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Music, Musical


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A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.


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12 February 2007 | shlolzz
5
| Disappointing
I was looking forward to seeing this film after all the hype in the press and a film with so many awards/nominations must be worth seeing right? Well, maybe i should have waited to rent this one. It starts out promising, great cast, brilliant costumes/make up and a feeling that the film will take you on a journey.

However, half-way through, it struck me that this film could not make up its mind whether it was a musical or a movie. The singing seemed to be confined to the performances of the artists in the film in the first half, but confusingly this all changed when in the second half they burst in to song at any interval. In my opinion it seemed like it was embarrassed to be a musical.

Many of the songs were similar and went on for far too long. The 'argument song' in the middle (you'll know which i mean) was verging on embarrassing. It left me sat in the theatre cringing, squirming and begging it to end.

It's not all doom and gloom though. The film re-found its feet finally, towards the end.

In short I felt the film was good to start, stalled in the middle and went on to a good end. Visually stunning, impressive cast, great performances but loses the plot in the middle.

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Trivia

Effie walks in with an album on "Rainbow Records," Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Great March To Freedom," recorded in Detroit, June 23, 1963. This is one of the few real record covers in the movie. It was released as Gordy 906, a Motown label.


Quotes

Lorrell Robinson: You got the same wig I got?
Effie Melody White: Yeah.
Lorrell Robinson: You got same the same dress I got?
Effie Melody White: Yeah.
Lorrell Robinson: Then shut up!


Goofs

Fluorescent floor tape for the actors' marks are visible in the tracking shot during the second verse of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going".


Crazy Credits

The motion picture is dedicated to Michael Bennett, the director, producer, and choreographer of the original Broadway production.


Alternate Versions

In 2017, Paramount released a "Director's Extended Edition" of "Dreamgirls." This version runs ten minutes longer than the theatrical version and contains changes which include the following:

  • The opening talent show scene has extended performances of "I'm Looking' for Something'" and "Goin' Downtown," including a longer scene on the stairs outside the Detroit Theater, where Curtis offers Marty a cigarette and a sales pitch after Charlene and Joanne walk out on him, and Curtis catches a first glimpse of Deena
  • Sung dialogue leading up to "Steppin' to the Bad Side" ("You've got me to think for you now...") proceeds the scene in which Curtis tells Wayne and CC of his plan to sell off the car dealership, similar to the lead-up to the song in the original Broadway show. This scene takes the place of the shorter, spoken word alternate version used in the theatrical version
  • All shots of Wayne enacting Curtis' payload plans at radio stations are replaced with scenes of the Mafia members Curtis makes a deal with distributing the records and the money
  • The Jimmy & the Dreamettes performance section go "Steppin to the Bad Side" is extended
  • "Love You I Do" is extended by adding an instrumental break under the scene in which Michelle gets a job at Rainbow Records, and then showing Effie sing the song's second verse on camera
  • "Heavy" is extended by adding a break and a chorus, and placing more emphasis on Effie keeping an eye on Deena's image taking over the TV studio monitors
  • There is an extra shot of Curtis and Deena's mansion as Deena heads to the service car outside
  • An extra scene shows Curtis, C.C., Wayne and other Rainbow executives at a board meeting, at which Curtis decides to finance his "Cleopatra" film pet project with a 10th anniversary special (This scene includes two F-bombs by Jamie Foxx; the Director's Extended Edition is unrated as a result)
  • "Patience" is extended by adding extra choruses to the section in which Jimmy and Lorrell record the song, accompanied by a choir
  • "Perfect World" is extended by including a full verse and chorus
  • "I Meant You No Harm" and "Lorrell Loves Jimmy" are both extended by a few bars
  • Jimmy's silent glare at Deena basking in her fame at the Rainbow 10th anniversary TV special is replaced by sung dialogue ("Because I was here long before you...") similar to the "Firing of Jimmy" scene in the original Broadway show
  • "I Miss You, Old Friend" is extended by a few bars
  • "Effie, Sing My Song" - sung dialogue in which C.C. and Effie reconcile - is added in place of the spoken word alternate version used in the theatrical version
  • "One Night Only" is performed in full (only half is used in the theatrical version). At the conclusion of the song, Curtis' Mafia associates come to Effie's performance in Max Washington's bar, which is how they get word (and a tape) to alert Curtis
  • Curtis has an extra line of dialogue when being interviewed on the Dreams' farewell performance red carpet, in which he announces that his new artist, Tania Williams, will be releasing her debut album in a month


Soundtracks

Step on Over
Written by
Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen
Performed by Beyoncé, Anika Noni Rose, and Sharon Leal
Produced by The Underdogs (Harvey Mason Jr. and Damon Thomas)
Published by Dreamgirls Music (ASCAP) admin. by Universal-Geffen Music and Dreamettes Music (BMI) admin. by Universal-Geffen Music

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Genres

Drama | Music | Musical

Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$378,950 17 December 2006

Gross USA:

$103,365,956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$155,430,335

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