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      The Greatest Show on Earth

      Released Jan 10, 1952 2h 32m Drama Romance TRAILER for The Greatest Show on Earth: Trailer 1 List The Greatest Show on Earth: Trailer 1 The Greatest Show on Earth: Trailer 1 6:48 View more videos
      50% Tomatometer 44 Reviews 53% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings "The Greatest Show on Earth" is a dazzling spectacle of life behind the scenes with Ringling Bros.-Barnum and Bailey Circus, the best three-ring circus in the land. Celebrates the extravagant three-ring circus and depicts the passionate scenes of love and jealousy behind the greatest show on Earth. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Mar 13 Buy Now

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      The Greatest Show on Earth is melodramatic, short on plot, excessively lengthy and bogged down with clichés, but not without a certain innocent charm.

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      Pauline Kael New Yorker A huge, mawkish, trite circus movie directed by Cecil B. De Mille in a neo-Biblical style. Jul 28, 2022 Full Review Times (UK) Staff Times (UK) Curious it is that, in spite of all the scenes. blaringly, glaringly effective which belong specifically to the sawdust ring, both Mr. de Mille and The Greatest Show on Earth are most themselves in the scene of the railway disaster. Apr 1, 2021 Full Review Edwin Schallert Los Angeles Times De Mille provides the maximum of entertainment in his production, not to speak of glamour, and above all the spirit that forever lurks under the big top. Apr 1, 2021 Full Review Mark Johnson Awards Daily DeMille was as big as the pictures he made – the ringleader of the Hollywood circus Jun 27, 2023 Full Review James Wegg JWR Most of the comic relief (so very Shakespeare without the telling lines) is Buttons the Clown, who never takes off his makeup... James Stewart has fun with the role. Rated: 3.5/5 Dec 29, 2021 Full Review Howard McClay Illustrated Daily News (Los Angeles) One of the greatest entertainment values to hit the screen in years. Jul 13, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Blu B The only way I can see this being a Best Picture winner is if you turn your brain off and just focus on the lavish colors, production values, and pur spectacle. In that regard yeah it's a masterpiece but this is all sizzle and no steak. The pacing is terrible, it starts out entertaining enough kind of like your actually watching a circus and it's not half bad but than it just starts to drag because the circus act scenes just start to get repetitive because you've seen it already and the drama never adds up to anything. Rinse and repeat, drama than a long 10 plus minute take of the circus performance that adds nothing to the story and if it does has no reason to be as long as it is. This easily should've been 90 minutes. The editing isn't good either. It feels like your watching a compilation of circus performances mixed with a bad melodrama about characters that is done Robert Altman style but isn't skilled enough to make it all work. None of the storylines really ever add up to anything meaningful and it feels like there really isn't any central character ot theme to any of it. Everything else is just ok. The music is a mix of circus music and generic Golden Era sounding tracks. The production value is insane but it gets so repetitive at points when it shows the tricks because you've seen it all before and it does work at first. The drama is so over the top at points like Buttons being a killer and the train crash. This really shows DeMilles worst tendencies as a director for bombastic productions but lacking substance. This should have just been a 90 minute compilation of circus performances and make it into a musical hybrid. It still owuld'nt be a masterpiece but at least it would'nt be the bloated unfocused over the top mess it is. I really can't recommend this to anyone. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/03/24 Full Review Selene P This was a classic my grandmother and I loved to watch. It won an Academy Award for best picture. It gives you drama, theatrics, secrecy and music. You get a better appreciation for the Ringling Bros circus acts. I watch it with my daughter now. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/27/23 Full Review Patricia G The good kind of movie with love, mystery and excitement without bad language and gore Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/21/23 Full Review Pam K This movie is a history lesson on the now bygone days of the circus. What a spectacular show they put on back in their heyday. I'm old enough to have witnessed a three ring circus and It was thrilling! The story line isn't all that interesting but the massive size of the circus with all the animals and performers certainly is. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 07/18/23 Full Review CodyZamboni Watchable, but overlong circus soap opera. The story bored me. I was more fascinated by the logistics of doing a circus ---- setting it up, taking it down, and taking it on the road. And I was really happy to see Gloria Grahame ---- sooo pretty and sexy. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/12/23 Full Review Jared Z Though undeniably entertaining and full of Cecil B. Demille's trademark pomp and spectacle, there's just not enough of a story to save The Greatest Show on Earth from being what it really is: a great big wonderful mess. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 12/30/22 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      The Greatest Show on Earth

      The Greatest Show on Earth: Official Clip - You're a Jealous Fool The Greatest Show on Earth: Official Clip - You're a Jealous Fool 2:12 The Greatest Show on Earth: Official Clip - Holly vs. The Great Sebastian The Greatest Show on Earth: Official Clip - Holly vs. The Great Sebastian 2:12 The Greatest Show on Earth: Official Clip - They Made It The Greatest Show on Earth: Official Clip - They Made It 2:11 The Greatest Show on Earth: Official Clip - Clowns Only Love Once The Greatest Show on Earth: Official Clip - Clowns Only Love Once 2:13 The Greatest Show on Earth: Official Clip - Be a Jumping Jack The Greatest Show on Earth: Official Clip - Be a Jumping Jack 1:26 The Greatest Show on Earth: Official Clip - Train Wreck The Greatest Show on Earth: Official Clip - Train Wreck 2:12 The Greatest Show on Earth: Official Clip - The Great Sebastian Arrives The Greatest Show on Earth: Official Clip - The Great Sebastian Arrives 2:08 The Greatest Show on Earth: Official Clip - The Great Sebastian Falls The Greatest Show on Earth: Official Clip - The Great Sebastian Falls 2:12 The Greatest Show on Earth: Official Clip - The Circus The Greatest Show on Earth: Official Clip - The Circus 1:31 View more videos
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      Synopsis "The Greatest Show on Earth" is a dazzling spectacle of life behind the scenes with Ringling Bros.-Barnum and Bailey Circus, the best three-ring circus in the land. Celebrates the extravagant three-ring circus and depicts the passionate scenes of love and jealousy behind the greatest show on Earth.
      Director
      Cecil B. DeMille
      Screenwriter
      Fredric M. Frank, Theodore St. John, Frank Cavett, Fredric M. Frank, Barré Lyndon, Theodore St. John
      Distributor
      Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      Paramount Pictures
      Genre
      Drama, Romance
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 10, 1952, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 1, 2011
      Runtime
      2h 32m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.37:1)
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