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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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R | See all certifications »

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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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The movie was made by the same team that brought Educating Rita (1983) to the screen. The film was the second of two collaborations of playwright Willy Russell and director Lewis Gilbert who had six years earlier made Educating Rita (1983). See more »

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Some later re-releases of the film on UK DVD contain the "garter belt" dubbing over the "suspender belt" change. This was only meant for the US release. 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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Spoofed in A Handful of Summers (1991) See more »

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Firebird
Written by Igor Stravinsky
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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.


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