The Greatest Showman is a 2017 American musical 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"). In a flashback to Barnum's childhood where he and his tailor father Philo work for the Hallett family, he becomes infatuated with their daughter Charity after making her laugh. Though Charity is being sent to finishing school, Barnum reassures her that they will not be separated. The two keep in touch through letters until they meet again in adulthood ("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)"). In a daring risk, he takes out a large loan from a bank, deceiving them into accepting his former employer's lost ships as collateral. He uses this loan to buy 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"). 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 amongst the upper class, 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 meets famed Swedish singer Jenny Lind, whom he convinces to perform in America with him serving as her manager. Lind's first American performance is a rousing success ("Never Enough"). As Barnum gains favor with the aristocratic patrons, he begins to distance himself from his original troupe as he advises them to work on tonight's show. Dejected, they decide to stand against their local harassers ("This Is Me").

Cast

Hugh Jackman
P. T. Barnum, an ambitious showman and entrepreneur
Ellis Rubin
Young P. T. Barnum
Ziv Zaifman
Young P. T. Barnum's singing voice
Zac Efron
Phillip Carlyle, a playwright
Michelle Williams
Charity Hallett-Barnum, the wife of P.T. Barnum
Skylar Dunn
Young Charity
Rebecca Ferguson
Jenny Lind, a famous Swedish singer known as the "Swedish Nightingale"
Loren Allred
Lind's singing voice
Zendaya
Anne Wheeler, an acrobat and trapeze artist
Keala Settle
Lettie Lutz, a bearded lady
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
W. D. Wheeler, an acrobat and Anne's older brother
Natasha Liu Bordizzo
Deng Yan, a Chinese acrobat and blade-specialist
Paul Sparks
James Gordon Bennett, the founder, editor and publisher of the New York Herald
Sam Humphrey
Charles Stratton, a dwarfish performer
James Babson
Stratton's singing & speaking voice
Austyn Johnson
Caroline Barnum, Barnum's older daughter
Cameron Seely
Helen Barnum, Barnum's younger daughter
Eric Anderson
Mr. O'Malley, a former pickpocket whom Barnum employs at his circus after failing to rob him
Daniel Everidge
The Lord of Leeds, a 500 lb man
Radu Spinghel
Vasily "O'Clancy" Palvos, an "Irish Giant"
Timothy Hughes
the Strongman, a man with enhanced strength
Luciano Acuna Jr.
Walter, the Dog Boy
Danial Son and Yusaku Komori
Chang and Eng Bunker, the "Siamese Twins"
Nick Jantz
Jeff Harris, the Juggler
Kenneth Chan
the Human Cannonball
Martha Nichols
Woman in Gold, an African-American woman in gold clothing with gold spots on her
Jonathan Redavid
Frank Lentini, the Three-Legged Man
Shannon Holtzapffel
Prince Constantine, the Tattooed Man
Jeremy Hudson
The Elephant-Skinned Man, a man
Taylor James
Blockhead, a man with facial piercing that is based on Melvin Burkhart
Chelsea Caso
Tattooed Lady, a woman covered in tattoos
Caoife Coleman and Mishay Petronelli
the Albino Twins, two albino women in white clothes
Khasan Brasilford
Albino Man, a white-haired man in white clothes
Alex Wong
Oriental Man, a man dressed in an oriental outfit
Julius Rubio
Golden Boy, a man in gold clothing with gold spots on him
Vincent-Oliver Noiseux
Devil Boy, a performer with horns
DeAnna Walters and Jessica Castro
the Voodoo Twins
Najla Gilam
Snake Dancer, a snake charmer
Christina Glur
the Egyptian Lady, a woman in a fiery red costume with matching hair and an all-seeing eye tattooed on the palm of her right hand
Damian Young
Mr. Winthrop
Tina Benko
Mrs. Winthrop
Will Swenson
Philo Barnum, a tailor and the father of P. T. Barnum
Linda Marie Larson
Gertrude Stratton, the mother of Charles Stratton
Fredric Lehne
Benjamin Hallett, father of Charity and disapproving father-in-law of Barnum
Kathryn Meisle
Hannah Hallett, mother of Charity and mother-in-law of Barnum
Gayle Rankin
Queen Victoria, the Queen of the United Kingdom
Shuler Hensley
Lead Protester, the leader of the anti-freak protesters
Sammy Voit
a museum boy (uncredited)

About

Principal photography began on November 22, 2016.

The film The Greatest Showman was scheduled to be released by 20th Century Fox on December 8, 2017 (RMS Queen Mary 2), on December 20, 2017 (United States) and on January 4, 2018 (Germany).

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

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