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The Greatest Showman (2017)

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Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.



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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »



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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 Nick Riganas

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements including a brawl | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 January 2018 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El gran showman  »


Box Office


$84,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,805,843, 24 December 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$168,569,618, 15 March 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$377,770,509, 8 March 2018
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Near the beginning of the film, a shot of an unfinished Brooklyn Bridge appears in the background. Hugh Jackman previously starred in Kate & Leopold (2001), which also prominently features the Brooklyn Bridge in its unfinished state. In addition, the latter film was directed by James Mangold, who is credited as 'executive producer' for this film. See more »


While the film is to be commended for using what appears to be a real orchestra in the Jenny Lind concert scenes, the double bass players have low C extensions which weren't invented until the turn of the 20th century and didn't gain popularity until the 1920's. See more »


P.T. Barnum: My father was treated like trash. I was treated like trash. My children *won't* be.
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Crazy Credits

The opening and closing credits are done in the style of silent movie intertitles. See more »


From Now On (Reprise)
Performed by Hugh Jackman & Michelle Williams
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Produced by Greg Wells, Justin Paul, Alex Lacamoire
Mixed by Greg Wells
Zendaya appears courtesy of Hollywood Records and Republic Records
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A Wonderful Holiday Present
25 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

As is evidenced on this site, critical reviews of "The Greatest Showman" have been lackluster - at best. Sadly, it seems that unless a film features mind-numbing special effects, anguished characters and/or "a real thinker" of an ending, the critical community doesn't feel the film is worth your time. This time, they got it wrong...

"The Greatest Showman" is an uplifting, joyous experience that we all need, now more than ever. The musical numbers are glorious and the plot, while not historically accurate (if you want a history lesson, rent "Dunkirk",) is heartfelt and engrossing. It is a film that families can enjoy together, devoid of the sappiness and goofy grownups that infest most family fare. And, the greatest present of all: you feel wonderful at the end!

Within the film, an entertainment critic who describes Mr. Barnum's offerings as "a circus of humbug" asks whether it bothers him that all he offers is fake. Barnum, referring to his customers, replies, "Do their smiles look fake?" No, they don't - nor do the ones in the theater. And those smiles are reaffirmed through the round of applause that many audiences bestow upon the film at its conclusion.

Gather the family, enjoy the music and leave the theater feeling better than when you came in. Happy Holidays.

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