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Director Bill Condon brings Tom Eyen's Tony award-winning Broadway musical to the big screen in a tale of dreams, stardom, and the high cost of success in the cutthroat recording industry.

The time is the 1960s, and singers Effie (Jennifer Hudson), Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose), and Deena (Beyonce Knowles) are about to find out just what it's like to have their wildest dreams come true. Discovered at a local talent show by ambitious manager Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx), the trio known as "the Dreamettes" is soon offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of opening for popular singer James "Thunder" Early (Eddie Murphy).

Subsequently molded into an unstoppable hit machine by Taylor and propelled into the spotlight as "the Dreams," the girls quickly find their bid for the big time taking priority over personal friendship as Taylor edges out the ultra-talented Effie so that the more beautiful Deena can become the face of the group. Now, as the crossover act continues to dominate the airwaves, the small-town girls with big-city dreams slowly begin to realize that the true cost of fame may be higher than any of them ever anticipated.

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Studio Paramount
SKU 204235350
UPC 097361235547
UPC 14 00097361235547
Format DVD
Release Date 7/31/2015
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
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
Awards
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
Reviews
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.
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ReviewPage
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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Collector's Edition, No Longer Produced
Quotes
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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