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Shirley Valentine (1989)

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Shirley's a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg, wondering what happened to her life. She compares scenes in ... See full summary »

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Willy Russell (play), Willy Russell (screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pauline Collins ... Shirley Valentine
Tom Conti ... Costas
Julia McKenzie ... Gillian
Alison Steadman ... Jane
Joanna Lumley ... Marjorie
Sylvia Syms ... Headmistress
Bernard Hill ... Joe
George Costigan ... Dougie
Anna Keaveney Anna Keaveney ... Jeanette
Tracie Bennett Tracie Bennett ... Millandra
Ken Sharrock Ken Sharrock ... Sydney
Karen Craig Karen Craig ... Thelma
Gareth Jefferson Gareth Jefferson ... Brian
Gillian Kearney ... Young Shirley
Catharine Duncan ... Young Marjorie
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Storyline

Shirley's a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg, wondering what happened to her life. She compares scenes in her current life with what she used to be like and feels she's stagnated and in a rut. But when her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece for two, Shirley begins to see the world, and herself, in a different light. Written by Kathy Li

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Taglines:

No one thought she had the courage. The nerve. Or the lingerie.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shirley Valentine - Auf Wiedersehen, mein lieber Mann See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,353,913
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The actual full name of the Shirley Valentine character played by Pauline Collins was Shirley Valentine-Bradshaw. See more »

Goofs

In the US version of the film, when Gillian encounters Shirley choosing underwear for her holiday the phrase "garter belt" is dubbed over the words "suspender belt". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Shirley Valentine: Hiya Wall.
[to the camera]
Shirley Valentine: Well what's wrong with that? There's a woman three doors down talks to her microwave. Talking to a microwave! Wall, what's the world coming to ?
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Alternate Versions

In the theatrical release version, when she is talking about her husbands views on sex she says "But it doesn't go as well as the Ford Cortina", however in the version that was premiered on the BBC this line was dubbed to "but it doesn't go as well as the Ford Escort". Presumably this had something to do with product placement in that at the time the film was shown the Ford Escort was still being made whereas the Cortina ceased production in about 1983. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Movie Connections: Shirley Valentine (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Firebird
Written by Igor Stravinsky
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The greatest journey leads us to ourselves
7 August 2000 | by wisewebwomanSee all my reviews

Shirley had lost herself in the humdrum lifestyle of a housewife with kids grown and an indifferent husband stuck in his own boring routine. She strikes out on a vacation to Greece to get in touch with the girl she once was. The show worked better as a theatre piece - as a one woman show. Here it gets cluttered up with a lot of characters and Shirley's asides to the camera do not always work. Pauline Collins is as great in the role as she was on stage. Greek men seeing this must cringe at the Tom Conte caricature of a Greek lover. I rated it an 8 for Pauline's performance and the music.


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