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Shirley Valentine (1989)

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 »

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

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30 August 1989 (USA)  »

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Shirley Valentine - Auf Wiedersehen, mein lieber Mann  »

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$6,353,913 (USA)
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To promote the film, a promotional brochure featuring a number of Shirely Valentine's aphorisms was produced. It was called "The Wit and Wisdom of Shirley Valentine". See more »

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Gillian tells Shirley that their house is vegan but is giving the dog muesli and milk. Vegans don't have any dairy products. See more »

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[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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Written by Igor Stravinsky
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The Classic Married Person's Midlife-Crisis Comedy
5 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every woman - and man for that matter - experiencing or approaching their 40s-50s midlife and/or who suspects they are living a stuck-in-a-rut lifestyle ought to be required to see this movie ASAP!! A rare gem that is simultaneously interesting, hilarious AND potentially life-changing! Plus a true feminist statement that is never obnoxious. I wonder how many marriages have been rescued by this film - although some may have been ended by it too. Beats the heck out of most books on the subject. Timeless.

"He needs to feel the sun on his skin and swim in water that is as deep as forever"


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