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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)

A middle-aged spinster falls in love with a fellow resident of her boardinghouse, who mistakenly believes she has the money to help him start a new business.

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A penniless middle-aged spinster scrapes by giving piano lessons in the Dublin of the 1950s. She makes a sad last bid for love with a fellow resident of her rundown boarding house, who imagines she has the money to bankroll the business he hopes to open. Written by Morganalee

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A Paixão Solitária de Judith Hearne  »

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Rock star Elton John was billed as a "production associate" on the picture (and not as a producer). This is John's only ever one single credit in the category of other crew (aka miscellaneous crew) in the IMDb database. See more »


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WHEN YOU'RE SMILING
Mark Fisher - Joe Goodwin - Larry Shay
(c) 1928 B. Feldman & Co Ltd
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Deeply moving
30 November 1999 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

An unsparing portrait of a lonely spinster with nothing to go on but her own ever-weakening faith. All the performances are wonderful, but Maggie Smith in the title role is revelatory. One of the best performances by an actress that I've ever seen.


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