DreamgirlsDirector: Bill Condon
Director Bill Condon brings Tom Eyen's Tony award-winning Broadway musical to the big screen in a tale of dreams, stardom, and the high cost of success in the cutthroat recording industry. The time is the 1960s, and singers Effie (Jennifer Hudson), Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose), and Deena (Beyoncé Knowles) are about to find out just what it's like to have their wildest dreams come true. Discovered at a local talent show by ambitious manager Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx), the trio known as "the Dreamettes" is soon offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of opening for popular singer James "Thunder" Early (Eddie Murphy). Subsequently molded into an unstoppable hit machine by Taylor and propelled into the spotlight as "the Dreams," the girls quickly find their bid for the big time taking priority over personal friendship as Taylor edges out the ultra-talented Effie so that the more beautiful Deena can become the face of the group. Now, as the crossover act continues to dominate the airwaves, the small-town girls with big-city dreams slowly begin to realize that the true cost of fame may be higher than any of them ever anticipated.
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- [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Cast & Crew
|Jamie Foxx||Curtis Taylor Jr.|
|Beyoncé Knowles||Deena Jones|
|Eddie Murphy||James "Thunder" Early|
|Jennifer Hudson||Effie White|
|Danny Glover||Marty Madison|
|Anika Noni Rose||Lorrell Robinson|
|Keith Robinson||C.C. White|
|Sharon Leal||Michelle Morris|
|John Lithgow||Jerry Harris|
|John Krasinski||Sam Walsh|
|Jocko Sims||Elvis Kelly|
|Laura Bell Bundy||Actor|
|Bob Beemer||Sound Mixer|
|Willie D. Burton||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Sharen Davis||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Henry Krieger||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Harvey Mason||Musical Arrangement|
|Matt Sullivan||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Michael Minkler||Sound Mixer|
|John Myhre||Production Designer|
|Randy Spendlove||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Damon Thomas||Musical Arrangement|
|Tomas Voth||Art Director|
|Patricia Witcher||Executive Producer|
|Richard E. Yawn||Sound/Sound Designer|
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I never saw this at the theatre, now wish I had. I just viewed this at home and LOVE it! Fast paced, non stop entertainment. The cinematography is outstanding, as are all the performances. I got the deluxe edition with all the extras, like the costume design, lighting design and auditions.
I really underestimated this movie for the longest time, until i broke down and rented it. Jeez, do i regret not seeing it sooner. This movie was outstanding! Even Jennifer Hudson amazed me. Every minute got better, even when the movie turned bitter. Those chills you get at plays from the great performances, i got at home. This was not hollywood-ized either. this is up there with Chicago!
this was an amazing movie musical! it was completely on fire the whole time! I am in love w/ musicals, but my friends who aren't as interested in musicals really loved it! its a great movie for anyone! Jeniffer Hudson totally deserved the golden golbe and oscar for the movie! GO SEE IT! U WON'T REGRET IT!!!!! =]
This is one of the few movies that actually lives up to its hype, and there was an enormous amount of hype. Seeing as Grease is the only musical I've ever liked, I wasn't necessarily aching to see this. However, the energy of this movie is very contagious and its magic sticks with you long after it's over. This is the type of movie that you could watch ten times in a row and still enjoy. It goes without saying that it's filled with some of the best performances in memory, as well as excellent directing, songs, etc etc... the list goes on. I honest can't think of anything negative to say... some say that it lags a bit towards the middle, but I think the downtime really serves the overall pacing of the film. I would recommend this film to anyone looking for a good movie.
Great incredible movie with excellent performances.. Loved the great songs. Happy Jennifer Hudson received so many well deserved awards. Felt bad for Eddie Murphy. He also deserved an award also. This is an collectable item.
I saw it when it first came out and thought the movie was fantastic. I've watched movie musicals since I was a kid, but this was one of the first times I had ever wanted to buy the soundtrack afterwards. Jennifer Hudson's performance was great, and it's easy to see why she won an Oscar. As for Eddie Murphy, even though he didn't win an Oscar, he won just about every other award out there. He really showed me something - I guess all those impersonations he's known for doing really paid off. Bottom line - if you want a movie that will make you feel good, and if you enjoy good music, then getting this movie is exactly what you need.
I watched Jennifer Hudson win all the awards for her performance in this movie -- The Golden Globe, Screen Actor's Guild, Oscar and on and on. For someone with no formal acting training, she was amazing. When she sings, I get the chills and cried during "And I am telling you...." What an incredible movie. Eddie Murphy should have won the Oscar too but unfortunately, Norbit came out and ruined his chances with the conservative Academy. Bad timing. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It's powerful. Please see it. Simon Cowell on American Idol truly does not know what he is talking about some of the time. I was so mad when Jennifer Hudson got voted off, due in part to Cowell's comments. Take that Cowell !!
I had the opportunity to see this great film with my twin brother Eddie, and my cousin, Jennifer, and we Loooved it!!! All the performances were phenomenal-particularly, Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy's performances stole the show! Ms.Hudson was truly deserving of the academy award for best-supporting actress, while Murphy should've won the award for best supporting actor! Nevertheless, I plan on purchasing this DVD on May 1st to add to my growing DVD collection! "Dreamgirls" is definitely a keeper!