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      Little Voice

      1998, Comedy/Drama, 1h 36m

      50 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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      Little Voice brings its award-winning source material to the screen in style, elevated by a commanding lead performance from Jane Horrocks. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      A London talent agent (Michael Caine) learns his girlfriend's (Brenda Blethyn) repressed daughter (Jane Horrocks) is brilliant at mimicking singers.

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Comedy, Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Mark Herman

      • Producer: Elizabeth Karlsen

      • Writer: Jim Cartwright, Mark Herman

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $4.6M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Miramax Films

      • Production Co: Miramax

      • Sound Mix: Surround, Dolby Digital

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      • Mar 03, 2021

        Horrocks and Blethyn are phenomenal (obviously) and they almost make this work but the movie ultimately has too many unearned moments (i.e. Caine's breakdown scene).

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      • Dec 03, 2015

        Kinky Boots meets Precious; Little Voice is visually dazzling film about a mostly mute shutin with an amazing talent she chooses to conceal from the world. The play setting has been adapted brilliantly to the big screen, as the director hasnt attempted to make it a larger than life picture and keeps it extremely grounded, real and visceral, with a low-budget to boot. What makes the film is the soundtrack of course and the performances, Blethyn in particular who plays the "wicked witch of the west" Mari Hoff - Little Voice's mother. Horrocks' attempts at imitating Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe and others are all fantastic and hilarious. Michael Caine and Ewan McGregor also give strong supporting performances, Caine in particular who also delivers a good song towards the end. It is a film about the secrets we hold and the dreams we dare to dream. It's one of my all-time favourites and I recommend it to those searching for something a pitch-black comedy with a few camp musical numbers. And Jim Broadbent.

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      • Aug 26, 2013

        This is an indictment on the record industry disguised as a light and warm British comedy. The record industry is represented in Michael Caine's character of Ray Say. Ray is just looking for the next big thing. He's not looking for the next big thing because he believes in them or anything like that, he's only doing it for himself, so he can reach bigger and higher heights. Doesn't matter if he's compromising the soul of the music, just as long as he makes money it's okay. This reflects the behavior of most of music labels, as they're just looking to what's popular now and finding ways to exploit for their financial gain. Much like Michael Caine, they'll butter you up and use every charming trick they can to get you to do what you want for them. So if there's anything I liked about the movie, on a far more subtle level, it would be that. I think the movie is good, it's probably a little TOO light for my tastes but it benefits from a damn good cast, highlighted by Michael Caine and Brenda Blethyn. I think these two make the movie far more entertaining than it would've been otherwise. If there's a problem with the comedy in the film is that is the movie is just funny, it's never hilarious. Despite having some really funny people on board, the script just never reaches that level of hilarity. Still, the movie's solid. It tells a good, but predictable, story. And Jane Horrocks definitely delivers the goods as far as the singing in concerned. She has a great talent for mimicry and she gets to showcase that in this film, and she shines at it really. I did feel that the ending felt completely flat though. It is a symbolic shot, but I felt that something was missing from this ending. I don't want to say it was unexpected, but it felt like there should've been more after this scene. This movie isn't perfect, I think it's too light and it doesn't really use talents of its cast fully, it was a little predictable and the ending felt a little flat...but it's still good. Solid cast, solid writing make this a pretty good movie.

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      • May 23, 2012

        Small as the subject, Little Voice is about sensational talents of a timid woman without regard for herself or her life. Maybe that too is insensitive, because the character of Little Voice is always being imposed upon by her mother, played by the hard to understand but phenomenally talented Brenda Blethyn. The film is anything but understated, forcing mixed metaphors down our throat, all to the tune of a Judy Garland song whaling in the background. It's more than about hidden talent or the forces of the world trying to take advantage of it. It's about love, showing it any way you can, even if it is for the dead, and even if that may be by singing your heart out in their memory. Little Voice sings for her father, and isn't so much encouraged as forced to sing by her mother and her mother's skeevy acquaintance Ray Say, a manager for a shabby nightclub downtown called Mr. Boo's. Besides being a grand idea trapped in the small world of an English village, it's also about the beautiful qualties imbibed within many people who walk past us every day. Little Voice is small, soft spoken, and uninterested in the real world, or trying to get past her saddening situation of isolation and naivete. The antics of her mother are quite hard to watch as she bellows and moans her way into another bout of loneliness. Michael Caine is sensational as always as Ray Say, a contentious man who seduces Little Voice into a one night gig and then takes advantage by selling her outright. Jane Horrocks, who would go on to be a great character actress featured in director Mike Leigh's productions, is a force to be reckoned with, as she straddles the line between temptress and mousy invalid. She blows us away with her stunning singing and spot on impersonations The romantic interest, played in a small role by Ewan McGregor, wasn't a strong influence on the main character, but he was a cute addage, a part of the plot that may not have been needed, but showed insight into what Little Voice really wanted. Certainly watch because of the sensational singing, but stay for the family dysfunction.

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