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Judy (2019)

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Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

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Rupert Goold

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Tom Edge (screenplay by), Peter Quilter (based on the stageplay "End of the Rainbow" by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Finn Wittrock ... Mickey Deans
Renée Zellweger ... Judy Garland
Rufus Sewell ... Sidney Luft
Jessie Buckley ... Rosalyn Wilder
Michael Gambon ... Bernard Delfont
Lewin Lloyd Lewin Lloyd ... Joey Luft
Phil Dunster ... Ben
Gaia Weiss ... Abbie
Bella Ramsey ... Lorna Luft
Andy Nyman ... Dan
Fenella Woolgar ... Margaret Hamilton
Gemma-Leah Devereux ... Liza Minnelli
Jodie McNee Jodie McNee ... Vivian
Royce Pierreson ... Burt
Adrian Lukis Adrian Lukis ... Dr. Hargreaves
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Storyline

Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Judy Garland: the legend behind the rainbow.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for substance abuse, thematic content, some strong language, and smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,916,548, 29 September 2019

Gross USA:

$23,722,439

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,581,230
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

As a contestant on I'd Do Anything (2008), Jessie Buckley sang "The Man that Got Away", one of Judy Garland's classics. See more »

Goofs

The few coins she had to call America would not have allowed a lengthy call to America. The cost of a phone call to USA in 1969 would have been prohibitively expensive from a phone box, without constant, frequent additions of more coins. She only puts in coins at the beginning of the call. See more »

Quotes

Judy Garland: I just want what everybody wants. I seem to have a harder time getting it.
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Soundtracks

Get Happy
Written by Sam Smith
Performed by Renée Zellweger and Sam Smith
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Zellweger shines, but storyline has too many blind spots
23 September 2019 | by Art SnobSee all my reviews

I caught this film at this year's TIFF, and can confirm the raves for Renee Zellweger's performance as Judy Garland -- it definitely is one of the year's best. But I had problems with the film overall. There's just too much left out to make for a legitimate biopic.

The biggest omission: daughter Liza Minelli. At the time depicted in this movie, she was 23, already making movies, and on a career trajectory that would result in an Oscar three years later (before her career admittedly went off a cliff). But here she pretty much doesn't exist - only Garland's two later children do.

And when you reflect upon it, there's a lot more missing in this film. It also treats the period between Garland's Wizard of Oz/Andy Hardy MGM days and her final gig doing a London stage show in 1969 as a big blank, even though there were successes along the way well into the 60's, including two Oscar nominations and a Grammy award for Album of the Year. (Also a short-lived television show where she did a memorable duet with a 21-year-old Barbara Streisand.) Considering the range of celebrities she worked with, the opportunities for quality namedropping are limitless - but aside from Mickey Rooney, there's a pronounced lack of it

There are problems with inclusion as well. In real life, Garland had so many gay admirers that she gave rise to the "FOD" (Friends of Dorothy) acronym as slang for gays. In the movie, this angle is treated in very shorthand fashion by two completely fictional gay admirers of her London shows.

The film reminded me a lot of JACKIE from 2016, where Natalie Portman played Jackie Kennedy. Her performance was certainly Oscar-worthy -- and she did get nominated - but I had problems with the presentation, particularly how Kennedy's funeral was depicted as a national day of mourning. Zellweger is similarly a nomination lock riding in a flawed vehicle.


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