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 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
Both Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron have played characters with the name "Logan," with Jackman in the X-Men film franchise and Efron in The Lucky One (2012). See more »
During "The Other Side", when Barnum and Carlyle are singing at the piano, Carlyle reaches for his shot glass without looking and misses. He then looks up and corrects himself. See more »
[after Barnum becomes 50/50 partners with Phillip Calyle]
The only thing is I don't know how we are ever going to afford a building.
[Long and deep sigh]
We don't need a building. Real estate in Manhattan is a terrible investment. Why, I can get land down by the docks for almost nothing. All we need is a tent!
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The opening and closing credits are done in the style of silent movie intertitles. See more »
I didn't really read much about the movie before I went...just expecting something entertaining.
What I saw was pure genius...so well done...and in my top 10 movies I have ever seen. The performances and talents displayed were excellent and the music and dancing seemed to never let up...but it did at the right times so the story could be told.
Hugh Jackman and Zack Efron were amazing...the showmanship fantastic...the movie grabbed me immediately and never let go. I can already tell that this is one of the very few movies that I could watch repeatedly for the journey it takes me on, and for movie musicals...that this movie deserves to be considered an instant classic.
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