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Dreamgirls (2006)

Dreamgirls

Overview


Genre

Musical, Drama

Release Date

December 15, 2006 (NY, LA)

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Studio

DreamWorks

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Bill Condon

Producer

Laurence Mark

Screenwriter

Bill Condon

Starring

Story


Twenty-five years after first bringing Broadway audiences to their feet, the Tony Award-winning musical sensation "Dreamgirls" comes to the big screen starring Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx ("Ray"), Beyoncé Knowles ("Austin Powers in Goldmember"), Danny Glover (the "Lethal Weapon" franchise), newcomer Jennifer Hudson, Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose (Broadway's "Caroline or Change") and Eddie Murphy ("The Nutty Professor," "Dr. Dolittle").

Set in the turbulent early 1960s to mid-70s, "Dreamgirls" follows the rise of a trio of women - Effie (Jennifer Hudson), Deena (Beyoncé Knowles) and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose) - who have formed a promising girl group called The Dreamettes. At a talent competition, they are discovered by an ambitious manager named Curtis Taylor, Jr. (Jamie Foxx), who offers them the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the back-up singers for headliner James "Thunder" Early (Eddie Murphy). Curtis gradually takes control of the girls' look and sound, eventually giving them their own shot in the spotlight as The Dreams. That spotlight, however, begins to narrow in on Deena, finally pushing the less attractive Effie out altogether. Though the Dreams become a crossover phenomenon, they soon realize that the cost of fame and fortune may be higher than they ever imagined.

Rounding out the main cast are Keith Robinson ("Fat Albert"), Sharon Leal (TV's "Boston Public"), and three-time Tony Award winner Hinton Battle ("Miss Saigon," "The Tap Dance Kid," "The Wiz").

"Dreamgirls" is being directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay he adapted from the stage musical's original book by Tom Eyen. An Academy Award® winner for his screenplay for "Gods and Monsters," which he also directed, Condon received another Oscar® nomination for his screenplay adaptation of "Chicago." He more recently wrote and directed "Kinsey."

Academy Award®-nominated producer Laurence Mark ("Jerry Maguire," "As Good As It Gets," "I, Robot") is producing "Dreamgirls," with Patricia Whitcher ("Memoirs of a Geisha," "The Terminal") executive producing. The lyrics are by Tom Eyen, with music by Henry Krieger.

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Beyoncé Knowles as Deena Jones in DreamWorks' "Dreamgirls" (2006)

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PREMIERE PHOTO

Beyonce Knowles
Dreamgirls New York Movie Premiere - Arrivals
Dec 04, 2006
Beyonce Knowles
Dreamgirls New York Movie Premiere - Arrivals
Dec 04, 2006

REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..the rare movie musical with real rapture in it..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
“..should sing loud and strong through awards season and beyond..”
by David Rooney [Variety]
“..a wonderful entertainment: a musical that, while not skimping on the music, delivers a multi-layered storyline featuring complex characters..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]