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.
Hugh Jackman and director Michael Gracey met on a commercial shoot. Jackman told Gracey he wanted to make a film with him, and Gracey took it with a grain of salt - every famous person he'd worked with had made similar noises. To his surprise, Jackman later sent him the script of The Greatest Showman.
Hey sweetie, who's that young man over there?
Charity Barnum: Oh that's Phillip Carlyle. A bit of a scandal, they say. His last play was a hit in London.
P.T. Barnum: Play? Pay good money to watch people stand around and talk for two hours and they call *me* a conman.
The movie has Barnum start his circus at a rather young age. Actually he did not start his famous circus until he was 60. Also the circus did not start until five years after his museum burned down in 1865.
The rolling credits are displayed over hand-painted artwork summarizing visual highlights in the film from beginning to end.
ABC broadcasts speed up the audio at only 2%.
$8,805,843 24 December 2017
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