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Little Voice 1998

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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.

Starring:
Michael Caine, Jane Horrocks
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Michael Caine, Jane Horrocks, Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn, Ewan McGregor
Director Mark Herman
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 15 June 2006
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Customer Reviews

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By A Customer on 13 Mar. 2000
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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By Brit Boy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
'Little Voice' is a British film that will always make me smile no matter how many times I see it. As well as being touching and hilarious in equal measure, it is almost worth seeing purely for the talented Jane Horrocks who gives a stunning performance.

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!
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Format: DVD
"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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Format: DVD
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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