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Little Voice

Little Voice

Mark Herman (1998)

92min
15 Certificate
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In this comedy drama, Jane Horrocks reprises her stage performance as the reclusive girl whose virtuoso impersonations of the great singers - among them Shirley Bassey and Judy Garland - contrast with her almost total shyness. Her talents are belatedly recognised by sleazy agent Michael Caine, who's prepared to endure the attentions of her sexually predatory mother (Brenda Blethyn) as long as he can make some money out of that voice. The brilliance of Horrocks is slightly undermined by director Mark Herman's crude depiction of working-class life in a northern seaside town, while Blethyn's strident squawking almost threatens to drown out the more subtle, Cinderella-like undertones of the story. But there's good support from Jim Broadbent as a nightclub boss and Ewan McGregor as the bashful singer's would-be suitor. In any other country, this would have made Horrocks a major star.

Summary

A painfully shy woman has a talent for impersonating famous performers including Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland. She is spotted by a greedy promoter who instinctively realises her considerable money-spinning potential, but the shrinking violet proves reluctant to step into the limelight. Comedy drama, with Jane Horrocks, Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn, Ewan McGregor and Jim Broadbent.

Cast & Crew

Mari Hoff Brenda Blethyn
"LV" Jane Horrocks
Billy Ewan McGregor
George Philip Jackson
Sadie Annette Badland
Ray Say Michael Caine
Mr Boo Jim Broadbent
Bouncer Adam Fogerty
Bouncer James Welsh
Stripper Karen Gregory
Arthur Fred Feast
Director Mark Herman
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista International UK Guidance: Swearing and brief nudity. Available on: Available on video and DVD

Comedy Drama

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