Dreamgirls

Wednesday 2nd May 20077:00 PM

In 1960s Detroit, a good night onstage can get you noticed but it won't get your song played on the radio. Here, a new kind of music is on the cusp of being born - a sound with roots buried deep in the soul of Detroit itself, where songs are about more than what's on the surface, and everyone is bound together by a shared dream.

Curtis Taylor, Jr. (Jamie Foxx) is a car salesman aching to make his mark in the music business - to form his own record label and get its sound heard on mainstream radio at a time when civil rights are still only a whisper in the streets. He just needs the angle, the right talent, the right product to sell.

Late for their stint in a local talent show, The Dreamettes - Deena Jones (Beyoncé Knowles), Lorrell Robinson (Anika Noni Rose), and lead singer Effie White (Jennifer Hudson) - show up in their cheap wigs and homemade dresses, rehearsing songs and steps by Effie's brother, C.C. (Keith Robinson), with hopes that talent and sheer desire will break them out of the only life that seems available to them.

They're young. They're beautiful. They're just what Curtis is looking for.

All they have to do is trust him.

James "Thunder" Early (Eddie Murphy) is a pioneer of the new Detroit sound, spellbinding audiences all along the "Chitlin' Circuit" with his electrifying blend of soul and rock 'n' roll. Curtis finesses The Dreamettes a gig singing backup for Early, and suddenly, for all of them, the gulf between what they want and what they can have draws closer for the first time.

Curtis launches the girls as a solo act, rechristening them The Dreams, knowing in his gut that success lies not with the soulful voice of Effie, but with the demure beauty and malleable style of Deena - despite their history...and Curtis' promises. Deena is ready to step into the spotlight, even as Effie fades away.

As a new musical age dawns, Curtis' driving ambition pushes this one-time family to the forefront of an industry in the throes of music revolution. But when the lights come up and the curtains part, they hardly recognize who they've become. Their dreams are finally there for the taking, but at a price that may be too heavy for their hearts to bear.

The groundbreaking Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon comes to life as an all-new motion picture adaptation written and directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon. A Laurence Mark production presented by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, "Dreamgirls," is a compelling story of love and loyalty, fame and betrayal that tracks the struggle, sacrifices and triumphs of a group of outsiders carrying their landmark sound into mainstream America in the 1960s and '70s.

Condon, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of "Chicago" and writer-director of "Kinsey" and "Gods and Monsters," for which he received the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, wrote the screenplay for "Dreamgirls" based on the stage musical's original book and lyrics by Tom Eyen, with music by Henry Krieger. Academy Award®® nominee Laurence Mark ("Jerry Maguire," "As Good As It Gets," "I Robot") produced the film, and Patricia Whitcher ("Memoirs of a Geisha") served as executive producer.

The film features a stellar ensemble of acclaimed talent led by Oscar winner Jamie Foxx ("Ray"); recording superstar and actress Beyoncé Knowles ("The Pink Panther"); and four-time Golden Globe nominee Eddie Murphy ("The Nutty Professor," "Beverly Hills Cop," "Trading Places," "48 Hrs."). The film introduces Jennifer Hudson, who came to worldwide recognition as a finalist on the hit series "American Idol." Also starring are screen legend Danny Glover ("Lethal Weapon"), Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose ( "Caroline, or Change"), Keith Robinson ("Over There"), Sharon Leal ("Boston Public") and three-time Tony Award winner Hinton Battle ("The Tap Dance Kid," "Miss Saigon," and "Sophisticated Ladies"), who also appeared in the original Broadway production of "Dreamgirls."

Rotten Tomatoes Score:

78%

Genre:

Drama, Musical

Director:

Bill Condon

Writers:

Bill Condon, Tom Eyen

Leads:

Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose

Length:

131 minutes

Year:

2006

Country:

USA

Language:

English

12A

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