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 ...
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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
The original Broadway production of "Shirley Valentine" by Willy Russell opened at the Booth Theater in New York on 16th February 1989 after eight previews where it ran for 324 performances until 25th November 1989. The production received two Tony Award nominations in 1989 including Best Play and Best Actress in a Play winning for the latter. Collins recreated her Tony Award winning stage role in this movie. See more »
Despite being set in and around Liverpool, the railway station, where Jane takes Shirley to have her passport photos taken, is quite clearly St Pancras, in central London. See more »
[to the camera]
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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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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