Synopsis: Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due?
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Director(s): Bill Condon
Production: Dreamworks
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 66 wins & 91 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
130 min

Ladies and gentlemen,

the Detroit Theatre

continues our legendary talent contest

with the indefatigable Stepp Sisters!

I'm lookin' for something, baby

Something that'll give me a rise

I'm lookin' for something, baby

Like a real nice surprise

I'm lookin' for something, baby

Something that you have got

I'm lookin' for something, baby

And it's gonna be real hot

Ladies, you can't go.

What about Jimmy?

What about the show?

Marty, you know I can talk.

Now watch me walk.

Sugar, Jimmy was just being Jimmy.

You know he's crazy about you.

Just crazy.

Oh, really?

Well, give the crazy man

a message from me.

Tell him I got his number.

His phone number.

Now, baby...

At home, where he lives, with his wife.

Come on, Joann.

We don't have to put up with this sh*t.


I'm lookin' for something, baby

I'm lookin' for something now

I'm lookin' for something, baby

I'm lookin' for something now

The unstoppable Stepp Sisters!

Let's hear it!

All right now. Won't be long now, y'all.

Coming your way is the wildest man

in show business, Detroit's own

James "Thunder" Early

will be kicking off

his national tour right here

on stage tonight.

Mercy. Mercy, mercy. Ladies? Ladies?

I've got the break of your lives.

The great Jimmy Early is looking

for some backup help tonight...

Now I want you to turn it on

for Little Albert and the Tru-Tones!

Me and my baby goin' downtown

Me and my baby gettin' down tonight

- I'm so sorry, Mr...

- Taylor. Curtis Taylor, Jr.

Look, I know we're late, but my mama

don't like me going out on weeknights.

So I had to wait for her to go to bed.

She's a grade-school teacher.

Who are you?

Deena Jones!

I'm one of The Dreamettes.

You were supposed to go on second.

I know, but my mama wouldn't

go to bed, so I couldn't go out.

Hey, tough luck, kid. The show's over.

Let me lay something on you

right quick, brother.

Check it out, man.

Look, I know you're a great man

and you're the boss with all the ladies,

so I don't want you

coming up weak in here,

but low-rating people, that's not

why you're in this business, right?


That's good, so why don't we

give these girls a break tonight?

Okay, I'll put you on last.

- Right after Tiny Joe Dixon.

- Thank you.

Excuse me, which one is Tiny?

We're going downtown

Check out the sights

Okay, we're going to get down and dirty

with my man, Mr Tiny Joe Dixon!

Baby, I'm takin' the long way home

'Cause my baby don't live there no more

I got the music to the drummer.

C.C., we're on next.

- Where is Effie?

- I'm right here.

God, I need to rest.

Where's our dressing room?

Effie, there's no time for that.

We go on in two minutes.

- What?

- Come on, let's warm up.

Move, move...

We're ruined unless

we can find new wigs.

Why do we need wigs in the first place?

Because we need a look.

- I got it! Turn the wigs around.

- What?

No, really.

Come on, turn the wigs around.

Oh, Deena, it's so different.

It's sophisticated looking. Come on!

Frontways or backways,

store-bought hair ain't natural.

And what about these dresses?

I mean, this dress does nothing

for my body.

- You got the same wig I got?

- Yeah.

- You got the same dress I got?

- Yeah.

Then shut up.

Say, Miss?

I think you look just great.

She left with all her clothes

Her bedroom in a mess

I don't know why she went away

'cause I gave her all my best

Baby, I'm takin' the long way home

'Cause my baby don't live there no more

- What's the name of your group again?

- The Dreamettes.

Nice, baby.


Let's hear it for Mr Tiny Joe Dixon!

And now for our final act of the evening,

Rate this script:(4.00 / 1 vote)

Bill Condon

William Condon (born October 22, 1955) is an American screenwriter and director. He wrote and directed the films Gods and Monsters (1998), Kinsey (2004), and Dreamgirls (2006), wrote the screenplay for Chicago (2002), and directed the final two installments of the Twilight series (2011, 2012), and Beauty and the Beast (2017). Condon won an Academy Award as screenwriter for Gods and Monsters; he was also nominated for his screenplay for Chicago. His work in television includes directing pilot episodes for several series. more…

All Bill Condon scripts | Bill Condon Scripts

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "Dreamgirls" Scripts.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 21 Oct. 2021. <https://www.scripts.com/script/dreamgirls_7268>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    Watch the movie trailer


    The Marketplace:

    Sell your Script !

    Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!

    Browse Scripts.com

    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.