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Shirley Valentine (1989)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  30 August 1989 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Brian
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Young Marjorie
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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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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 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 »

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Despite being set in and around Liverpool, the railway station - where Jane takes Shirley to have her passport photos taken - is St Pancras, London. 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 ?
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Featured in The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) See more »

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Finding your own reality
13 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just recommended this movie to a friend who's having her mid-life crisis. Just like Shirley, she can't stop taking care of other people at her own expense. Everyone who reviews this film focuses on its heart-warming qualities, making it sound like Pollyanna. The reality of Shirley Valentine is that it's very grounded in reality. Every moment of the film is fraught with ambiguity, moral and emotional. Shirley's trip to Greece and subsequent adventures are not Hallmark moments. She realizes quite clearly that her fantasies are superimposed on the necessities of reality. She doesn't marry a tycoon: she gets a waitress job. She realizes from the get-go that her relationship with Costas is a good-natured fraud. The ending of the movie doesn't answer any questions except "How does Shirley feel right at this moment in time?" This is not a film about escaping to a fantasy. It's about finding a reality that works for who you really are. Every human being on earth who's dissatisfied with their life should watch this film.


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