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Little Voice

DOWN & DIRTY:
Drama: A young woman's amazing ability to imitate legendary female vocalists draws the attention of a sleazy local talent agent who hopes to make it to the big time.

NITTY GRITTY:
LV (JANE HORROCKS), is a young woman who never ventures outside her Northern English home. She spends most of her time in the attic listening to albums her deceased father left her, featuring the likes of Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Bassey.

Her mother, Mari (BRENDA BLETHYN), couldn't be more the opposite. An obnoxious, boisterous woman, Mari can't understand her daughter and constantly picks at her. Mari hangs out with her friend, Sadie
(ANNETTE BADLAND), and visits the local pub desperately trying to pick up any man whom she thinks might make her happy.

Mari meets Ray Say (MICHAEL CAINE), a sleazy talent agent who's never been successful in his life. Mari brings Ray back to her place for a romantic encounter. While there, Ray hears the most miraculous voice emanating from the attic and immediately sees LV as his ticket to fame and fortune. LV sings, not in her mousey voice, but booms out classic songs that sound exactly like the original artists.

Ray convinces LV to sing and soon has her booked at a local nightclub run by Mr. Boo (JIM BROADBENT). LV sings and the crowd goes wild. An assistant to London agent Bunnie Morris is in the audience and uses his cell phone to let Morris hear LV's act. The assistant tells Ray that Morris will attend tomorrow night's performance to see Little Voice in person.

Ray realizes that this is his big break. He spends all his money, even sells his car, to fix up the club for LV's performance.

THE ENDING:
When Ray comes to pick up LV and Mari for the club, LV says that she agreed to just one show. Ray tries to convince her to go, but she refuses.

Ray goes to the club to try and stall for time. But LV never shows and the London agent leaves. Ray is ruined. He's broke and now men are looking for him because he owes them money

WHAT EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT:
The fact that Jane Horrocks as Little Voice (LV) does all her own singing. No lip-synching.
Runner-Up: Michael Caine's 'song of ruin' at the end of the film. It's hilarious!


 
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