Judy

Judy

DVD - 2019 | Widescreen version
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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.
Publisher: Santa Monica, California : Lionsgate, [2019]
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD J DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 119 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
laser optical,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1
Alternative Title: Judy (Motion picture : 2019)

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Renee Zellweger takes a deep dive, becoming the legendary entertainer Judy Garland. Set in the last year of her life, financially strapped, unable to take care of her kids, and judged a high risk to employ, Garland accepts an advantageous offer to perform in London. Zellweger sings all the songs ... Read More »


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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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bohawks
Feb 23, 2020

A sweet & sad surprise. Loved this movie. So good I watched it three times.

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easter84ba
Feb 23, 2020

Renee is Judy! Truly, she has embodied the essence of this great yet tragic singer-actress. Too bad, Hollywood has not utilized her talent. In a way, these two ladies share some kind of wasted gift. But this movie has really shown how Ms. Zellweger is one of the great performers of this generation!

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kuligs94
Feb 22, 2020

Loved it! ,Excellent.
So glad I found it on EXPRESS shelf!!!

JCLHeatherM Feb 16, 2020

I had the privilege of viewing the film the weekend of the Oscars - right before Renée Zellweger nabbed her second Oscar win. The musical numbers are a spectacle all on their own, the second watch was just for the London stage performances. The film takes a dark tone (Garland's life was never as fantastical as the film roles on her resume) in order to recount the final months in her career.

CCPL_Mary Feb 11, 2020

I was able to see Judy during one of our Friday night movie showings. Judy takes place during the waning years of her career in 1968 as she arrives in London to perform in a five-week sold-out show. I found it interesting to see how her life turned out and appreciated having more details of her life fleshed out during her reminiscences. I was blown away by Renee Zellweger’s performance. I soon forgot she was playing the role because she totally transformed into Judy and perfectly personified her. Her movements and mannerisms were spot on. Renee Zellweger deserved all the awards she has received for that performance.

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novelandmangacrazy
Feb 08, 2020

Interesting as far as what her life was like, but the movie was bad. As if there was not story/plot. The movie doesn't go anywhere. Dull and boring.

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Dolphinbay
Feb 05, 2020

wow !! can see why she has been nominated for an Oscar

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graybear1
Jan 27, 2020

We give Zellweger 5 stars for her portrayal of Judy, which elevates an otherwise dud movie to a 3 1/2. If you're a really huge fan of Judy Garland, you may like this more, but we found it to be uneven; good in some places (the actor who played Louis B Mayer was very convincing) but not terribly believable in others and downright boring in a few spots. We had expected better.

JCLIanH Jan 23, 2020

Renee Zellweger is captivating as Judy Garland at the end of her life, but this movie lacks a compelling arc. There is very little story here, and while the film does provide some context with flashbacks to her treatment by Louis B. Mayer during the filming of The Wizard of Oz, it's not enough to make this a compelling film. Not that it's awful, but it could have been a lot better.

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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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