The Greatest Showman movie quotes help tell the story portrayed in the film, inspired by how P.T. Barnum started the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Michael Gracey directed the musical drama using a screenplay Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon wrote from a story created by Jenny Bicks. The Greatest Showman opened theatrically in the United States on December 20, 2017.
In The Greatest Showman, the life of P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman), the original showman and founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus is portrayed. As a young man, Barnum meets love Charity (Michelle Williams), whom he later marries and has children. But Barnum dreams of more in life, especially professionally.
So Barnum embarks on a unique idea, creating a show where so-called freaks perform. The show polarizes the public with both roaring ticket sales and violent protests. To help increase the show's profile, Barnum partners with Philip Carlyle (Zac Efron in a character based on James Anthony Bailey), who quickly falls in love with show performer Anne Wheeler (Zendaya) and others, including opera singer Jenny Lind (Rebecca Ferguson). But despite the show's success, it takes a few failures for Barnum to truly feel fulfilled in life.
P.T. Barnum: No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.
If nothing else, P.T. Barnum is convinced that to be truly successful, one needs to take risks and be unique. This is exactly what he had in mind when starting his show.
Lettie Lutz: The world was ashamed of us, but you put us in the spotlight. You gave us a real family.
Bearded lady Lettie Lutz expresses her appreciation to Barnum in this The Greatest Showman movie quote. She credits him for putting the so-called freaks into the spotlight where they gained acceptance from the public, or at least some of the public.
Phillip Carlyle: Who’s that?
Anne Wheeler: And what is your act?
Phillip Carlyle: I don’t have an act.
Anne Wheeler: Everyone’s got an act.
In what could be called love at first sight, Carlyle is smitten with Anne after only meeting her. While she thinks he is part of the show, he now thinks he might want to join just to be with her.
James Gordon Bennett: Does it bother you that everything you are selling is fake?
P.T. Barnum: Do these smiles seem fake?
When James Gordon Bennett from the New York Herald questions the authenticity of Barnum's show, Barnum objects to the accusation. For Barnum, the proof of the success comes in the smiles of those who attend the shows.