The Greatest Showman is a 2017 American musical biographical drama film directed by Michael Gracey.
Fox Family Entertainment on Monday, November 13, 2017 released the trailer:
The Greatest Showman | Official Trailer 2 | 20th Century FOX.
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").
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.
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.
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