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 (Beyonce Knowles) Effie (Jennifer Hudson) and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose)--soon discover the harsh reality behind the glamour of fame and fortune as the groups 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 Effies immense talent as lead singer for Deenas stunning more mainstream look to sell the sound pushing marketable appeal over musical artisanship--and compromising the ambitions of his proteges. br/ br/ Since its Broadway debut DREAMGIRLS has been widely rumoured to be inspired by the hugely successful girl-group the Supremes as well as some of Motowns biggest players. Knowless Deena portrays the Diana Ross character radiant in miraculous recreations of the hairstyles and fashions that made Ross timeless while Foxxs Taylor exemplifies 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 colourful 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 non-stop emotion.
Extended and alternate scenes, Building The Dream documentary
Release Date: 28 May 2007
Certificate: 12 - Suitable for Persons Aged 12 or Over
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 125 minutes
Production Year: 2006
Main Language: English
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