Dreamgirls (2006) - Golden Globe Winner®!
|Based on the 1981 Broadway musical comes "Dreamgirls," a story of determination, greed, jealousy and romance. Three young women: Deena Jones (Knowles), Effie White (Oscar Winner Hudson), and Lorrell Robinson (Rose) desire to become pop stars and get their wish when they''re picked to be backup singers for the legendary James "Thunder" Early (Murphy).|
Then they''re set free for leads, but Curtis Taylor (Foxx) and Effie''s brother C.C. decide for Deena to be lead, which upsets Effie. This movie contains both original Broadway and new songs and It''s one movie that the whole family will enjoy.
With Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, Keith Robinson, and Danny Glover.
"A musical masterwork. An explosion of passion, power and, most significantly, a film of true heart. American Film Institute
"Rapturously entertaining. Entertainment Weekly
"Condon's Dreamgirls is a triumph! It's smartly entertaining, fresh and alive. Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"A fabulous movie with plenty of pizazz! Richard Corliss, Time
Editor's NoteThe 1982 Tony-Award-winning musical DREAMGIRLS shimmies its way to the big screen with a stellar cast and undeniable sheen. Set in 1960s Detroit, DREAMGIRLS follows the commercial and cultural struggles of the R&B recording industry, through the rise of the Dreamettes (later shortened to just the Dreams) from backup singers to headlining international superstars. The trio--Deena (Beyoncé Knowles), Effie (Jennifer Hudson), and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose)--soon discover the harsh reality behind the glamour of fame and fortune, as the group's controlling and shady manager, Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx), uses them to help build his musical empire and capture his dream of crossing over from R&B to the pop charts. He sacrifices Effie's immense talent as lead singer for Deena's stunning, more mainstream look to sell the sound, pushing marketable appeal over musical artisanship--and compromising the ambitions of his protégés. Since its Broadway debut, DREAMGIRLS has been widely rumored to be inspired by the hugely successful girl-group the Supremes, as well as some of Motown's biggest players. Knowles's Deena portrays a Diana Ross-like character, radiant in miraculous recreations of the hairstyles and fashions that made Ross timeless, while Foxx's Taylor exemplifies the style of influential Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. Former AMERICAN IDOL contestant Jennifer Hudson makes her feature-film debut delivering a knockout performance as the larger-than-life Effie, and Eddie Murphy is believable as the misunderstood James Brown-like character of Jimmy "Thunder" Early. Vibrant with colorful costumes and sleek backdrops, the film flows effortlessly from dialogue to musical numbers, each song capturing the richness of the talented cast and the essence of the era, endlessly soaring with fast-paced excitement and nonstop emotion.
Dreamgirls - DVD
By: TV and Film Guy Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 4/30/2007 7:34 AM
|Even so, the movie does provide enough shimmer, enough glitz, and enough good music (on stage, not off) that it is unquestionably fun to sit down and watch. With strong performances by Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, Jamie Foxx, and others, there is little doubt as to why it was nominated for so many acting awards. I must state though, as has been stated elsewhere, that Jennifer Hudson’s role was not really a supporting one as much as a lead....read the full review|
|Anika Noni Rose|
|Bill Condon - Director|
|Bill Condon - Screenplay|
|David Geffen - Producer|
|John Myhre - Production Designer|
|Patricia Whitcher - Executive Producer|
|Tobias A. Schliessler - Cinematographer|
|Tom Eyen - Based On Book By|
|Tomas Voth - Art Director|
|Virginia Katz - Editor|
|British Academy Awards, Jennifer Hudson, Best Actress in a Supporting Role|
|Golden Globe, Dreamgirls, Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy|
|Golden Globe, Eddie Murphy, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture|
|Golden Globe, Jennifer Hudson, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture|
|Image Award, Jennifer Hudson, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture|
|Oscar, Jennifer Hudson, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role|
|Oscar, Michael Minkler, et. al., Best Achievement in Sound Mixing|
|Screen Actors Guild, Jennifer Hudson, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role|
|Screen Actors Guild, Eddie Murphy, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role|