Orphaned, penniless but ambitious and with a mind crammed with imagination and fresh ideas, the American Phineas Taylor Barnum will always be remembered as the man with the gift to effortlessly blur the line between reality and fiction. Thirsty for innovation and hungry for success, the son of a tailor will manage to open a wax museum but will soon shift focus to the unique and peculiar, introducing extraordinary, never-seen-before live acts on the circus stage. Some will call Barnum's wide collection of oddities, a freak show; however, when the obsessed for cheers and respectability showman gambles everything on the opera singer Jenny Lind to appeal to a high-brow audience, he will somehow lose sight of the most important aspect of his life: his family. Will Barnum risk it all to be accepted? Written by
20 December 2017 (USA)
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Also Known As:
El gran showman
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Opening Weekend USA: $8,805,843,
24 December 2017, Wide Release
Gross USA: $100,335,176, 16 January 2018
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $200,358,874, 16 January 2018
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Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?
The Greatest Showman
(2017) features eleven new songs written by Benj Pasek
and Justin Paul
, the Academy Award winning lyricists of La La Land
(2016). From early on in pre-production on the film, the decision was made to have the musical style to evoke more that of contemporary musical genres like pop and hip hop rather than that of a traditional, classical musical style that would accurately evoke the film's 1800s setting. As Pasek said, "The choice was to express not just the characters' feelings, but also how ahead of his time P.T. Barnum was. He wasn't bound by the world in which he lived; he wanted to create one." See more
When Barnum goes to find his wife on the beach and they hug, we see his face with his head on her right shoulder. The second camera angle shows her face and his head is now on her left shoulder. See more
Where is that singing coming from?
[Barnum spots Lennie behind a curtain. She stops singing
Ma'am, you are...
[he pulls the curtain back, revealing Lettie's bearded face. Barnum pauses
You need to leave, sir.
You are beautiful. You are unique.
A quote from PT Barnum is shown on screen prior to the end credits. See more