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Little Voice [DVD]

Michael Caine , Brenda Blethyn , Andy Collins    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn, Jim Broadbent, Ewan McGregor, Jane Horrocks
  • Directors: Andy Collins
  • Producers: John Altman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 May 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,123 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Michael Caine was robbed of an Oscar. He gives his finest performance in a decade as big-talking small-time agent Ray Say, a paunchy, pale life of the party hiding his desperation under gold chains and cool bravura. When he hears the almost magical voice of Jane Horrocks's meek little LV (short for Little Voice) fill her bedroom with the rich voice of Judy Garland, he sees his ticket to the big time. Little Voice is ostensibly LV's story, and in fact the original play was written for Horrocks, whose amazing vocal impressions of Garland, Shirley Bassey and Marilyn Monroe (among others) form the centrepiece performance of the film. But as directed by Mark Herman (Brassed Off), the story of this mousy girl who shuts herself in from a bellowing world is just as overwhelmed by the bombastic characters as LV herself. Brenda Blethyn babbles a blue streak as LV's overbearing mother, Mari, an ageing widow who escapes her unhappiness in carousing and becomes almost pathologically jealous when Ray's attentions turn from her to LV. As Ray puts his dreams on the line for LV's showcase, he reveals his true self: a venal man who spits and barks out his bottled-up anger in an astoundingly bile-filled delivery of Roy Orbison's "It's Over." The showstopping moment once again overwhelms LV's tale, but Caine's performance is so astounding it seems a fair trade. --Sean Axmaker

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'Little Voice' (Jane Horrocks) is a social introvert, unwilling to communicate with the outside world since the death of her father. Her only escape from the drudgery of her existence is through singing classic showtunes in the style of her glamourous heroes. When a sleazy showbiz agent (Michael Caine) overhears her singing, he is determined to make her a star and become rich in the process. But despite all his charm and promises, Little Voice is reluctant to take to the stage, preferring to talk to telephone engineer Billy (Ewan McGregor) and stay at home. However, as the pressure on her to perform grows, will she be able to resist the lure of showbiz? Michael Caine won a Golden Globe for his performance.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem 13 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a fantastic little film, about a super-shy Northern girl (Jane Horrocks) who hides her secret talent - an amazing singing voice - from her mother until one fateful day she is 'discovered' by the ultra-slimy Michael Caine, the flash man-about-town who sweeps Little Voice's mother off her feet but ultimately turns out not to be very nice after all. There are some excellent scenes in the film, most of them involving Michael Caine, who's never been better than he is here. Ewan McGregor (pre-Kenobi) plays a minor part as the introverted pigeon-fancying love interest of the heroine. The most amazing thing about this video, though, is that Jane Horrocks does all her own singing! LV Trivia: The stage play on which this film is based was directed in the West End by Sam Mendes, who went on to make the awesome film 'American Beauty'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem of a Movie! 4 Oct 2003
My oh My!!! This is a gem of a movie! I first saw it last year and loved it. Now it is thankfully, available on DVD, you cannot really afford to miss this movie. The lovely Jane Horrocks plays LV (Little Voice) a painfully shy girl who lives her life through the great singers of yesteryear. (Garland; Monroe; Dietrich; and in our own time Bassey etc.) Michael Caine (who should have gained an oscar for his part) discovers her talent quite by accident when he develops a relationship with LV's mother Brenda Blythen (who is very funny by the way). LV performs in a night club (after seeing the spirit of her dead father in the audience) and seems bound for stardom. However, it doesnt quite work out that way. I cannot say too much about this film because it needs to be seen and appreciated. ( The scene where Michael Caine tries to sing Roy Orbison' Its Over is hilarious!) This film has just about everything. Great singing; great acting; comedy; and sadness. One cannot fail to be entertained. Go and buy it, you wont be disappointed. Picture and sound on DVD are very good.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gritty coming of age drama 5 Sep 2004
LV spends all her time in her room listening to her dead father's record collection at full blast. She hardly ever speaks (even when directly spoken to). Her overbearing mother takes everything LV does as a personal slight.
Two men look set to change all that: There's the shy telephone engineer who notices LV and wants to get to know her better. There is also her mother's latest boyfriend who happens to be a small time promoter. After an accident with the electrical system, Ray notices the talent LV has and realises the money he could make if he could get the shy girl to sing on stage.
At the end of the day, the film is a coming of age drama which shows LV as she grows out of her shell. The characters are well drawn and believable. The setting, working class Northern England, adds to the feeling of bleakness in LV's life.
I confess that I'm not that big a fan of the coming of age genre. Having the main part given to someone who is clearly not an adolescent (even though she lives in the past) at the start is refreshing. I found the film compelling whilst watching it but, after it finished, was slightly disappointed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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"Little Voice" is a strange little film. It is based on the play "The Rise and Fall of Little Voice" which was written by Jim Cartwright specifically and most deservedly for the talented voice of actress Jane Horrocks. However, given what I have seen in this movie there must be some significant changes with the last act of the story from what appeared on stage. The story basically falls into three stages, which can aptly be described as the discovery, rise, and fall of Little Voice. This is the nickname of LV (Horrocks), the painfully shy daughter of human hurricane Mari (Brenda Blethyn), who takes refuge in her room upstairs listening to her father's record albums. On the few occasions when she actually utters words it is indeed in the littlest of voices and we are genuinely surprised when she actually makes eye contact with another human being. Trying to do more than that is young Billy (Ewan McGregor), who is smitten with the shy young woman. Meanwhile, Ray Say (Michael Caine), a seedy third-rate manager of fourth rate talent in the entertainment biz blows into town to have some good times with Mari and he proves to be more than her equal in terms of having a very good time.
Then, in one of those scenes that delightfully catches us by surprise, both Ray and the audience learn that LV might not talk, but she can sing. More to the point, she can sing like the singers on the records she listens to, which means we are talking Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey, Billie Holiday, and other music icons. Ray has dollar signs in his eyes that blind him to the obvious amorous affections of Mari as the big question becomes how to get the timid LV upon on the stage at the club of Mr. Boo (Jim Broadhurst).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An All Time Great 11 Mar 2012
By H. A. Weedon VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Since I've always loved this film I'm now delighted to have my very own copy of it. Apart from anything else it's British film making at its best. It's also very much about what it mmeans to be English. One of the most inspiring facts about it is that, although it's certainly comedy, there's a powerful thread running through it that is so true to life with believable characters - people we've all come across at sometime in our lives. Even Little Voice herself will remind us of shy people we may have met at one time or another. It's so easy to identify with all the characters and love them all, warts and all, just as they are. What more can one say? Not only is this five stars all the way, it sends up a myriad of bright stars to burst out all around it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching
A superb film which is both captivating and enchanting. Jayne Horrocks is superb and deserved all the plaudits whe recieved for this film
Published 21 days ago by John Buchanan
5.0 out of 5 stars LV has talent
What a terrific actress Brenda B is. I absolutely love this woman!! She is so funny in this film as the blousy mother of LV. What talent Jane Horrocks has. Read more
Published 21 days ago by EAP of B
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy film
What an enjoyable film worth watching, funny, lifting, brilliant singing voice. Good acting. Strongly recommend.
Good delivery, good value. BRILL
Published 28 days ago by money penny
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesnt work?.
Unfortunately the DVD will not play using my daughters brand new DVD writer. Also tried in other players without success. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ChristinaC
5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable just what we wanted will buy more when required
just what we wanted, in good condition, and clean.can not think of anything else to say about the product.over and out.
Published 2 months ago by derry williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing little about this
A great British film with a top performance from Jane Horrocks doing all her own singing. I just wish she would do a one woman shoe sometime. Read more
Published 3 months ago by QM1
5.0 out of 5 stars Little voice ..... big impact
I've had this film on my to watch list for a long time, and then my daughter needed to get it for Drama GCSE, so perfect to kill two birds with one stone. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Toodles Book Club
1.0 out of 5 stars too much foul language and depressing
couldnt watch it. Started off so depressing, unrealistic and foulmouthed.Didnt want to sit through any more than the 25 minutes I watched
Published 7 months ago by Babilula
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD for my sister
A purchase that was ideal for my sister. We enjoyed the theatre production and wanted to see the film. Great!!
Published 8 months ago by MS DAVID WARNER
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
i went to see the musical to this film and although it was good i reckon the film is alot better as i can remember it all compared to the musical.
Published 10 months ago by uni
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