Judy

Judy

DVD - 2019
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Thirty years after rising to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. While preparing for the shows, Garland battles with management, reminisces with friends and adoring fans, and embarks on a whirlwind romance with soon-to-be fifth husband Mickey Deans, all while bravely struggling to overcome intensifying anxiety and physical decline.
Published: Santa Monica, California :, Lionsgate,, [2019]
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA JUD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 119 minutes) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
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4 3/4 in., color, rda
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optical, rdapm
surround, rdapc
Dolby Digital 5.1
NTSC, rdabs
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duane767
Jul 04, 2020

If for no other reason, you should watch this for Renee Z's performance. She is a great gateway into the portrayal of the sad life of an American icon.

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vickmeister
Jun 29, 2020

A justifiably award-winning performance by Renee Zellweger, in a dead-on portrayal showing the sad last few months of the sad life of iconic film star Judy Garland. I would have liked to have seen more flashbacks to successes of earlier days, but the narrative was shaped in a precise way to selectively show significant incidents that sowed the seeds of how she ended up the way she did. I'm not a big fan of Renee Zellweger in general, but I have to give her massive kudos for capturing every twitch as well as more than holding her own in the vocal department; not a small feat when portraying someone championed for her amazing voice. Definitely a bittersweet experience, with not so much of the sweet.

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Nursebob
Apr 09, 2020

With multiple flashbacks shedding light on the present, Zellweger presents Garland as a showbiz victim who nevertheless was a fiercely devoted mother and a survivor, even if her life was plagued by bad decisions and botched opportunities. Her final kick at the can—a series of comeback performances in London—proved to be a bittersweet swan song, yet Zellweger’s uncanny performance (that voice!) and Rupert Goold’s dazzling direction will have you believing you were there for the final collapse. A true Hollywood tragedy.

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betsy777
Apr 01, 2020

I watched this movie on TCCL BluRay disc. Renee Zellweger was amazing and the film was visually stunning. They did a beautiful job creating the LA and London settings. But overall, the film was a dismal and depressing telling of the impoverished and drug-addled end of Garland's life.

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21288004913816
Mar 09, 2020

Just awful. Even worse than Rocketman. We lasted 20 minutes before throwing in the towel.

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Walter724
Mar 07, 2020

Renée Zellweger is the best thing about this film. The story was interesting too, but it was a bit slow. I liked the music, but not sure I will watch this again.

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BBRUTTIG
Mar 04, 2020

2019,, An EXCELLENT movie about the last few years of Garland's life. She was an amazing singer yet she was horribly affected by years of drugs and alcohol along with severe nuerotic behaviors. She struggled to be a good mother to her children..she really tried. Such a very sad life coupled with adulation by her public. RENE was fabulous.

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atfrancis
Feb 29, 2020

Agree with Friedatop's comments. A much better , and much more complete, portrayal of Judy's life can be found in the movie "Life With Judy Garland: Me and my Shadows"

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friedatop
Feb 29, 2020

What a film! If one isn’t in the picture regarding Judy Garland’s 5 marriages, 3 children, 2 at first then one later, one understands nothing. We are thrown in medias res and expected to follow the story with flash backs and no clarification! The closeups of Renee Zellweger’s face are horrible, and there are so many! Yes, her acting is good, BUT all the rest is terrible. We had a hard time watching it to the end. Sorry ... disliked it intensely.

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sheba9898
Feb 24, 2020

Rene Zellweger gave a fantastic performance as Judy Garland. Just wish there had been more in the movie about her earlier life to show how and why this enormous talent became so self-destructive.

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jimg2000
Jan 16, 2020

You have kids, Mickey?
-Uh, no. No, I don't.
Hmm. Well, you shouldn't. It's like living with your heart on the outside of your body. Find a hobby or something, like canasta or birdwatching.
-Well, I play piano, actually.
Oh, you do?
- Yeah. You play anything or you just sing?
Just sing?
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My entire childhood I must've slept five hours total. It's a wonder I learned to use cutlery, let alone play the violin.
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Oh, MGM put out all these stories about how I ate pizza like any other girl. They didn't let me have any pizza at all. Every lunchtime for a year, they had me eating Louis B. Mayer's chicken soup till I was thin enough to play Dorothy.
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This next one, it isn't a song about getting anywhere. It's about... walking toward somewhere that you've dreamed of. And maybe, maybe the walk... is every day of your life. And the walking has to be enough. It's about hope. And we all need that.

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jimg2000
Jan 16, 2020

I did 18 hours yesterday. I mean, I couldn't hardly remember my own name.
-Your name is Frances Gumm. You're a fat-ankled, snag-toothed rube from Grand Rapids. Your father was a faggot, and your mother only cares
about what I think of you. Now, do you remember who you are, Judy?
-I'm sorry if I slowed things down a little.
We like you loyal. You're the best friend. The girl next door. You're faithful.
- I'm sorry.
You sing from the heart, Judy. You know where the heart is?
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Two years ago. Tried to kill myself.
-That won't have helped your voice.
Hmm. Hepatitis as well.
-Look, do you take anything for depression?
Four husbands. Didn't work.
-I'd say you're underweight.
Well, you're flirting with me now.
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We can't have the world's greatest entertainer out here without a drink.
-Frank Sinatra's here?
Frank is great, but he is no Judy Garland. I bet it kills him.

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jimg2000
Jan 16, 2020

The opening spiel, P1 of 3:

What do you see beyond this wall? Picture it. You've got an imagination. Go ahead. What I see is a small town in the Midwest. Handful of churches.
Some places for the farmers to get drunk together. Maybe a salon for their wives to do their hair on the holidays. I visit these places. These are the people who send us our profits, who send us your wages. I make movies, Judy, but it's your job to give those people dreams. The economy's in the gutter, and they pay for you. And I'll tell you something else. In every one of those towns, believe me, there's a girl who's prettier than you. Maybe their nose is a little thinner at the bridge. They have better teeth than you. Or they're taller or they're slimmer. Only, you have something none of those pretty girls can ever have. You know what that is?
-No, sir.

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jimg2000
Jan 16, 2020

The opening spiel, P2 of 3:

You have that voice. It'll maybe take you to Oz, someplace none of those pretty girls can ever go. Still, I'm told you're unhappy.
-Well, no, sir, not unhappy. I'd just maybe like a little more time.
Time? For what?
-I don't know. Maybe to go to the pictures like those other girls do.
The thing is, those other girls will grow up to be cashiers and farmers' wives and elementary school teachers. And they'll see their skins roughed up through housework. Is that what you want, Judy? To be just a housewife? To be just a mother?

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jimg2000
Jan 16, 2020

The opening spiel, P3 of 3:
Out there, you'd have to put away that voice of yours. Forget it exists. But here, with us, with your family, that voice will make you a million dollars before you're 20. Those average kids, they're all loved, in their way. I can see how you may be drawn to it, from time to time. Their small lives. Not too dangerous. Not too exciting. They're where they belong. And maybe you feel like you're like them. But really, you're not. You live in another world entirely. They just look like you. But if you truly wanna go join them, it's your decision. We'll shake hands and you can walk through our gates. I guarantee it's all there, the rest of America, just waiting to swallow you up and forget all about you. Like a raindrop falling into the Pacific.

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