7.2/10
5,345
42 user 15 critic

Shirley Valentine (1989)

Trailer
2:51 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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:

Writers:

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

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In London, the twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny. She joins the literature course in an ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams
Little Voice (1998)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A shy reclusive lady is convinced by an invisible entity to sing. Subsequently, she finds herself noticed by a sleazy talent agent and her talent being showcased on-stage. She also meets a kind but nervous man who becomes her best friend.

Director: Mark Herman
Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Jane Horrocks, Michael Caine
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Frustrated housewife/writer Cathy Palmer ghostwrites a story about Rebecca Ryan, a dashing international spy, and wins a trip to Paris. While there, she is involved in an accident, and ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Rosenthal
Stars: JoBeth Williams, Tom Conti, Giancarlo Giannini
Alfie (1966)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An unrepentant ladies' man gradually begins to understand the consequences of his lifestyle.

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin
Ever Decreasing Circles (1984–1989)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Martin is a committee man. He has numerous schemes and committees organised around the neighbourhood. He is so obsessive about every detail of everything he does he is driving his long ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Briers, Penelope Wilton, Peter Egan
Scandal (1989)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Based on the Profumo Scandal of 1963, an affair between an exotic dancer and the Minister of War shakes up the British government.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Stars: John Hurt, Joanne Whalley, Bridget Fonda
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

While working in a kibbutz (an Israeli voluntary farming collective community), a tourist and a female worker fall in love. However, he can't stay and she can't leave her work. Will love triumph?

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Joanna Pacula, Sam Robards, Todd Graff
Quartet (2012)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.

Director: Dustin Hoffman
Stars: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly
Bread (1986–1991)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The Liverpool-based Boswell family are experts at exploiting the system to get by in life. Despite the fact that none of the Boswells are officially employed, they manage to live a fairly ... See full summary »

Stars: Jean Boht, Nick Conway, Jonathon Morris
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A sheltered young high society woman joins the United States Army on a whim and finds herself in a more difficult situation than she ever expected.

Director: Howard Zieff
Stars: Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, Armand Assante
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

This slow-paced gem is about the civilizing influence of Italy on beleaguered Londoners both male and female and has its own civilizing influence on the viewer. It's almost like taking a ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Alfred Molina, Joan Plowright, Miranda Richardson
Butterflies (1978–1983)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ria, a happily married suburban housewife, reaches the age where she feels as if life is passing her by. Being taken for granted by her butterfly collecting dentist husband doesn't help. So... See full summary »

Stars: Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Palmer, Bruce Montague
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Costas
...
Gillian
...
Jane
...
Marjorie
...
Headmistress
...
Joe
...
Dougie
Anna Keaveney ...
Jeanette
Tracie Bennett ...
Millandra
Ken Sharrock ...
Sydney
Karen Craig ...
Thelma
Gareth Jefferson ...
Brian
Gillian Kearney ...
Young Shirley
Catharine Duncan ...
Young Marjorie
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

30 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shirley Valentine - Auf Wiedersehen, mein lieber Mann  »

Box Office

Gross:

$6,353,913 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First feature film in four years for director Lewis Gilbert whose last picture had been 1985's Not Quite Paradise (1985) aka "Not Quite Jerusalem". 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 ?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in World Championship Snooker: 2015: Day 14, Part 3 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Firebird
Written by Igor Stravinsky
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Engaging and entertaining from start to finish
6 March 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I certainly had no trouble relating to Shirley Valentine. In fact, in a lot of this movie, I thought she was talking straight from my head. She sees the humour in all the humdrum b.s. of life, and comes out triumphant. Excellent job by director Lewis Gilbert in adapting one-woman show into a movie that did not feel the least bit claustrophobic. Highly imaginative. I've seen it 3 times now, and will watch again the next time it's on: 10/10.


24 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Costas' 'Make *beep* with you' speech heathertron
British Readers.......What did Shirley really say? dextermovies
open letter to Paramount stevenvh
May 1, 2007 on DVD infinata
what is shirley valentine REALLY about? red-03
Shop named after the film. JohnScottyFerguson
Discuss Shirley Valentine (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?