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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.


Studio Paramount
SKU 204235357
UPC 097363478249
UPC 14 00097363478249
Format DVD
Release Date 8/21/2007
Rating Rating
Music (General)
Pop Groups
Pop Stars
Soul Music
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note The 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.
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "This baby dazzles like nothing else anywhere....DREAMGIRLS is a movie that has everything: a blazing new star in Jennifer Hudson, a riveting, revitalized Eddie Murphy, a hot-lick score...[and] a timely story..." 12/14/2006 p.132,Ranked #2 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2006" -- "DREAMGIRLS is a movie you take to heart." 12/28/2006 p.116
New York Times "[W]hen was the last time you saw a first-time film actress upstage an Oscar winner, a pop diva and a movie star of long standing? Ms. Hudson is not going anywhere. She has arrived." 12/15/2006 p.E10
Entertainment Weekly "DREAMGIRLS is the rare movie musical with real rapture in it....[The editing] works in beautiful smooth tandem with the whooshing, darting camera." -- Grade: B 12/22/2006 p.55
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "Murphy delivers easily his best work to date in a role that perfectly utilises his wise-cracking persona, earthy singing voice and steadily advancing years." 03/01/2007 p.32
Sight and Sound "[T]he greatest pleasure comes from its honesty as a musical....[With] great spangly extravaganzas of glam and glory, fireworks and frocks." 03/01/2007 p.43
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "Packed with big production numbers and dazzling cinematography, this movie is sequin-sharp and note perfect..." 07/01/2007 p.16
Bill Condon
Jamie Foxx
Eddie Murphy
Beyonce Knowles
Cast & Crew
Anika Noni Rose - Actor
Beyonce Knowles - Actor
Bill Condon - Director
Bill Condon - Screenplay
Danny Glover - Actor
David Geffen - Producer
Eddie Murphy - Actor
Jamie Foxx - Actor
Jennifer Hudson - Actor
John Lithgow - Actor
John Myhre - Production Designer
Loretta Devine - Actor
Patricia Whitcher - Executive Producer
Tobias A. Schliessler - Cinematographer
Tom Eyen - Based On Book By
Tomas Voth - Art Director
Virginia Katz - Editor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 347824
UPC 00097363478249
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 130.016666666667 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Winner (2007) 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
ReviewSource Variety
Review Finally. After "The Phantom of the Opera," "Rent" and "The Producers" botched the transfer from stage to screen, "Dreamgirls" gets it right. Bill Condon's adaptation of the 1981 show about a Motown trio's climb to crossover stardom pulls off the fundamental double-act those three musical pics all missed: It stays true to the source material while standing on its own as a fully reimagined movie. Driven by tremendously exciting musical performances, the Par/DreamWorks release should sing loud and strong through awards season and beyond...The film drips glamour and vibrant color thanks to Sharen Davis' glitzy costumes and John Myhre's detailed production design. Matching Condon's achievement in marrying naturalistic showbiz drama with old-fashioned musical, the retro stylings of both sets and costumes expertly brush period-specific reality with subtle touches of fantasy.
Reviewer David Rooney
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Dreamgirls is a wonderful entertainment: a musical that, while not skimping on the music, delivers a multi-layered storyline featuring complex characters. The average Hollywood musical focuses on spectacle and, while there's some of that to be found in Dreamgirls, the movie has loftier goals, many of which it successfully achieves. If there's one weakness in the film, it's the music. While effective within the context of the picture, the songs have a generic quality. Even the standouts are not memorable. Leaving the theater, I was not seized with the desire to stop at a music store and purchase the soundtrack. However, this is a minor quibble, and it does little to impact the viewer's enjoyment of what is sure to be a huge crowd-pleaser...As long as Hollywood can mount productions like this, the musical - which has been in intensive care for a long time - will never die.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Dolby Digital (5.1), No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Knowles,Beyonce
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Albert Williams, Chicago Reader Elegant, unabashedly theatrical, and packed with lush concert scenes and period-perfect costumes.
American Film Institute A musical masterwork. An explosion of passion, power and, most significantly, a film of true heart.
Entertainment Weekly Rapturously entertaining.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Condon's Dreamgirls is a triumph! It's smartly entertaining, fresh and alive.
Richard Corliss, Time A fabulous movie with plenty of pizazz!

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