Little Voice [DVD] 
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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.
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, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Filmed in the lovely seaside town Scarborough, Horrocks plays LV (Little Voice), a painfully shy girl with an amazing singing voice, she can impersonate stars such as Judy Garland and Marliyn Monroe quite brilliantly. Her loud, brash and uncaring mother (brilliantly played by Brenda Blethyn who received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress) constantly berates her daughter. The mother's new boyfriend (played by Michael Caine) is a sleazy talent scout, he overhears LV's incredible voice and from then on, will stop at nothing to make her star, as long as he sees the full credit of this new 'discovery' going to him. With stars such as Ewan McGregor and Jim Broadbent also involved, you can expect some more magical performances in a very impressive cast list. All of the characters are likeable and very different people, and as a result, it is very easy to identify with all of them.
For me, Jane Horrocks is the real star of this movie, which has a wonderful script and is very funny. If you are searching for a film that will both make you laugh and also impress you, you can't go wrong with 'Little Voice'. It's just cracking entertainment!
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).Read more ›
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Really enjoyed this worth a watch. Not one I'd watch again but was good none the lessPublished 2 months ago by Claire12345
brill and Bubbles actually sang those songs and impersonations herself, blinding. Mahrkel Caine just doing his formulaic Saff Lonon self but it worksPublished 4 months ago by Goblin Teasemaid
Nothing much to say about this that hasn't already been said a great watch, I bought it to replace my tape version.Published 4 months ago by mike fisher
This is a series of good performances that created a classic from a very simple tale.Published 6 months ago by Rex