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.
James Mangold was brought in by the studio to oversee a week of reshoots and post-production, because the studio were concerned that director Michael Gracey would be overwhelmed by the scale of the production. Mangold was given an executive producer credit as a result.
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Phillip Carlyle: What will *you* be doing?
P.T. Barnum: Watch my girls grow up. The show must go on.
Barnum's marriage is endangered when a press photographer snaps the instant that he & Jenny Lind kiss; but this was before the development of fast film, when people had to pose for a while because anything which moved became a ghostly shadow. [Update: while pictures were taken of the event, the newspaper stories show a drawing instead of a photograph which is correct for the time period. It was the story that endangered the marriage and not a photograph.]
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)
$173,339,590 (USA) (17 April 2018)
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