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Barnum (1986)





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This made-for-television film chronicles the life of 19th-century American showman P. T. Barnum. Using flashbacks (and flash forwards) the earliest efforts of his career are shown, through the formation of the "Greatest Show on Earth" with his partner Bailey, with many interesting things in between. ~ Forest Ray, Rovi

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Burt Lancaster
as Phineas T. Barnum
Hanna Schygulla
as Jenny Lind
John Roney
as Young Barnum
Sandor Raski
as Young Tom Thumb
Laura Press
as Charity
Patty Maloney
as Older Tom Thumb
Lorena Gale
as Joyce Heth
Bronwen Mantel
as Queen Victoria
Michael Higgins
as Phineas Taylor
Andrew Bednarski
as Little Phineas
Joe Cazalet
as James Gordon Bennett
Rob Roy
as Horace Greeley
Sean Hewitt (II)
as Coley Draper
Philip Spensley
as Deacon Cox
John McCorkell
as Heckler Roberts
Harry Hill
as Mr. Fish
Rummy Bishop
as Bank Doorman
Tony Rabinow
as Matthew Scott
Michael Sinelnikoff
as Lord in Waiting
Joan Heney
as Mrs. Stratton
Sam Lemarquand
as Chauncey Jerome
Thick Wilson
as Museum Passerby
John Stanzil
as Tap Dancer
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The 72-year-old former circus trapeze artist Burt Lancaster delightfully plays the title role.

September 2, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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