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Actors: Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce Knowles
Director: Bill Condon
Genres: Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
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 singer... more »
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Marla R. (Marla-R) from SEDALIA, MO
Reviewed on 2/16/2012...
Backstage at an amateur talent show at the Detroit Theater in 1962, Cadillac salesman Curtis Taylor, Jr. Meets a girl group known as "The Dreamettes": lead singer Effie White, and back-up singers Deena Jones, and Lorrell Robinson. Curtis presents himself as the Dreamettes' new manager and arranges for the Dreamettes to become backup singers for local R&B star Jimmy "Thunder" Early.
With ambitions of making black singers mainstream successes among white audiences, Curtis starts his own record label, Rainbow Records, out of his Detroit car dealership, and appoints Effie's brother, C.C., as his head songwriter. However, when their first single fails after a white pop group releases a cover version, Curtis, C.C., and their producer Wayne turn to payola to make Jimmy and the Dreamettes pop stars. Offstage, Effie becomes infatuated with the slick-talking Curtis, while the married Jimmy begins an affair with Lorrell.
With the aid of new songs and a new more glamorous image, Curtis and C.C. transform The Dreams into a top selling mainstream pop act by 1965. However, Effie begins acting out, particularly when Curtis' affections turn towards Deena. Curtis eventually drops Effie from the group, hiring his secretary, Michelle, to take her place.
Seven years later, in 1973, Effie has become an impoverished welfare mother, living in inner-city Detroit with her daughter Magic. Meanwhile, Rainbow Records has moved to Los Angeles, where "Deena Jones & the Dreams" have become superstars. Jimmy Early, on the other hand, has descended into drug addiction, his career neglected due to Curtis' preoccupation with Deena, now also his wife. When Jimmy has a breakdown onstage at Rainbow's tenth anniversary TV special the following year, Curtis drops him from the label, and Lorrell ends their long affair. Some time later, Jimmy is found dead in a hotel room from a heroin overdose.
As life goes on C.C. moves on, and wins the show. The strong cast really makes this movies great! And when the unknown girl wins Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress it just makes this movie even better!!!!
Sandra M. from UNIONTOWN, OH
Reviewed on 11/19/2010...
Jennifer Hudson steals the show in this movie, you can see why she won the Oscar for her performance.
Edward W. from BIRMINGHAM, AL
Reviewed on 9/3/2010...
Well worth the watch.
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