Paramount Pictures & Laurence Mark Productions Released 2006


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Bill Condon

Dreamgirls is an award-winning musical from Dreamworks that is based on the Tony award-winning Broadway musical by Tom Eyen and was written and directed by Bill Condon. In this big screen story of stardom, success, dreams and the high cost of it all in a cutthroat music industry, personal relationships and dreams are put to the test. In the 1960's, a series of dreams come to fruition when ambitious car salesman Curtis Taylor Jr. discovers a trio of black, female souls singers Effie, Lorrell and Deena. He signs the trio of young, enthusiastic eighteen-year olds and books them the job of a lifetime as backup singers for R&B sensation James 'Thunder' Early while he creates his own record label and starts hustling the women. When Early quits the game, Curtis seizes the chance and propelles the girls into the spotlight as the Dreams. Their friendship takes a toll as their stardom rises and the undeniably talented Effie is pushed out to make way for the softer voice of Deena. Effie is forced into poverty as Curtis takes the ÔDreams' to the top. As these small town girls dreams become true in the big city they slowly start to realize if their fame is worth the sacrifices they've made to get there.



Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Dreamgirls is the entire musical package, a triumph of old school on-screen glamour, and we wouldn't want it any other way.

  • 90

    Variety David Rooney

    Finally. After "The Phantom of the Opera," "Rent" and "The Producers" botched the transfer from stage to screen, Dreamgirls gets it right. Bill Condon's adaptation of the 1981 show...

  • 60

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The problem with "Dreamgirls" -- and it is not a small one -- lies in those songs, which are not just musically and lyrically pedestrian, but historically and idiomatically disastr...

Danny Glover

Danny Glover

Marty Madison

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx

Curtis Taylor Jr.

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy

James 'Thunder' Early

John Lithgow (I)

John Lithgow (I)

Jerry Harris

Jaleel White

Jaleel White

Talent Booker

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Arts, Comedy, Drama, Music


African-American Drama, Musicals