The Greatest Showman is a 2017 American musical biographical drama film directed by Michael Gracey.

Official trailers

Fox Family Entertainment on Monday, November 13, 2017 released the trailer:
The Greatest Showman | Official Trailer 2 | 20th Century FOX.

Story intro

In the mid-19th century, P. T. Barnum and his troupe perform a show at the circus ("The Greatest Show (Part 1)"). As a child, Barnum and his tailor father Philo work for the Hallett family. He loves their daughter Charity who is being sent to finishing school. The two keep in touch through letters ("A Million Dreams"), eventually marrying and raising two daughters, Caroline and Helen, in New York City. They live a humble life; though Charity is happy, Barnum craves more. Barnum loses his job as a clerk at a shipping company after the company goes bankrupt, and returns home for Caroline's birthday ("A Million Dreams (Reprise)"). He takes out a loan from a bank, deceiving them into accepting his former employer's lost ships as collateral. He uses this loan to set up Barnum's American Museum in downtown Manhattan, an attraction showcasing various wax models. Initially, sales are slow. On the suggestion of his children to showcase something "alive", Barnum searches for "freaks" to serve as performers for his museum ("Come Alive"). He gathers a large group of them including Lettie Lutz. This attracts a large audience despite protests and poor reviews from James Gordon Bennett, prompting Barnum to rename his venture "Barnum's Circus". Searching for ways to further his reputation, Barnum meets playwright Phillip Carlyle and convinces him to join his venture ("The Other Side"). Carlyle is mesmerized by the African American trapeze artist Anne Wheeler, but he hides his feelings. During a trip, Carlyle arranges for Barnum and his troupe to meet Queen Victoria. Afterwards, Barnum convinces famed Swedish singer Jenny Lind to perform in America with him as her manager. Lind's first American performance is a rousing success ("Never Enough"); during the song, Carlyle and Wheeler are spotted by Carlyle's parents as they are holding hands. As Barnum gains favor with the aristocratic patrons, he begins to distance himself from his troupe as he advises them to work on that night's show. Dejected, they decide to stand against their local harassers ("This Is Me").

Cast

Hugh Jackman
P.T. Barnum
Michelle Williams
Charity Barnum
Zac Efron
Phillip Carlyle
Zendaya
Anne Wheeler
Rebecca Ferguson
Jenny Lind
Austyn Johnson
Caroline Barnum
Cameron Seely
Helen Barnum
Keala Settle
Lettie Lutz
Sam Humphrey
Tom Thumb
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
W.D. Wheeler
Eric Anderson
Mr. O'Malley
Ellis Rubin
Young Barnum
Skylar Dunn
Young Charity
Daniel Everidge
Lord of Leeds
Radu Spinghel
O'Clancy
Yusaku Komori
Chang
Danial Son
Eng
Paul Sparks
James Gordon Bennett
Will Swenson
Philo Barnum
Linda Marie Larson
Mrs. Stratton
Byron Jennings
Mr. Carlyle
Betsy Aidem
Mrs. Carlyle
Damian Young
Mr. Winthrop
Tina Benko
Mrs. Winthrop
Fredric Lehne
Mr. Hallett (as Fred Lehne)
Kathryn Meisle
Mrs. Hallett
Timothy Hughes
Strong Man
Gayle Rankin
Queen Victoria
Arnie Burton
Court Herald
Carly Adams
Ballerina #1
Sawyer Niehaus
Ballerina #2
Shuler Hensley
Lead Protestor
Will Erat
Policeman
James Andrew O'Connor
Fireman
Jamie Jackson
Boss
Morgan Weed
Nurse
Henry Stram
Ticket Taker
Michael Barra
Stage Manager
Natasha Liu Bordizzo
Deng Yan
Luciano Acuna Jr.
Dog Boy
Shannon Freyer
Jenny Lind Admirer #1
Kevin Dwane
Jenny Lind Admirer #2
Sandi DeGeorge
Jenny Lind Admirer #3
Tony Neil Butler
Royal Escort
Frances Emily Schramm
Laundry Woman
Kenneth Wong Chan
Human Cannonball (as Kenneth Chan)
Stacey Alyse Cohen
Theater Goer #1 (as Stacey Cohen)
Tim Wilson
Theatre Goer #2
Jonathon Culver
Theatre Goer #3
Jillian Braithwaite
Panhandler
Adam Haas Hunter
Protester
Bob Rumnock
Bank Manager
Ben Reed
Mill Worker
Martha Nichols
Woman in Gold
Jonathan Redavid
Dancer Oddity #1
Shannon Holtzapffel
Dancer Oddity #2
Jeremy Hudson
Dancer Oddity #3
Taylor James
Dancer Oddity #4
Chelsea Caso
Dancer Oddity #5
Caoife Coleman
Dancer Oddity #6
Mishay Petronelli
Dancer Oddity #7
Khasan Brailsford
Ensemble Dancer #1
Alex Wong
Ensemble Dancer #2
Julius Rubio
Ensemble Dancer #3
Vincent-Oliver Noiseux
Ensemble Dancer #4 (as Vincent Noiseux)
DeAnna Walters
Ensemble Dancer #5 (as Sunny Walters)
Jessica Castro
Ensemble Dancer #6
Najla Gilliam
Ensemble Dancer #7
Christina Glur
Ensemble Dancer #8
Emerson Tate Alexander
Pointe Ballerina #1
Victoria Llodra
Pointe Ballerina #2 (as Victoria Giselle Llodra)
Louise Hindsbo
Pointe Ballerina #3
Laci Justice
Pointe Ballerina #4
GiaNina Paolantonio
Pointe Ballerina #5 (as GiaNina Marie Paolantonio)
Rachel Quiner
Pointe Ballerina #6
Madison Smith
Pointe Ballerina #7
Brando Speach
Pointe Ballerina #8 (as Brando Nicolina Speach)
Daniel 'Cloud' Campos
Dancing Bartender #1 (as Daniel Cloud Campos)
Rod Roberts
Dancing Bartender #2
James Babson
Additional Voices (voice)

About

Principal photography began on November 22, 2016.

The film The Greatest Showman was scheduled to be released on December 8, 2017 (United States), on December 20, 2017 (United States) and on January 4, 2018 (Germany) by 20th Century Fox Argentina, Big Picture 2 Films, Bona Film Group, Forum Hungary, Nordisk Film, Odeon, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros. F.E., 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Film1 and Hotstar.

The duration of the film is 105 minutes. With a budget of $84 million, the film grossed over $435 million.

The film had received a "PG" rating.

Rating

The Greatest Showman got average rating from critics. But the audience likes the film. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

External links

Official website: foxmovies.com/movies/the-greatest-showman

IMDB: The Greatest Showman

Wikipedia: The Greatest Showman

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