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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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First theatrical feature film that Pauline Collins had appeared in for about twenty-three years. Collins' last cinema movie had been 1966's Secrets of a Windmill Girl (1966). In between though, Collins worked on stage with also numerous credits in television. See more »

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When Shirley is with her son in the squat in Kirby he sees a couple of kids robbing a car. When the car drives away you can see that the kid driving is replaced by an adult stunt driver. 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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Spoofed in A Handful of Summers (1991) See more »

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The Girl Who Used to Be Me
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Patti Austin
Arranged by David Paich
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What a wonderful, beautiful movie!!
8 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For all of you middle-aged men and women who wonder just who you are, and where you're going; this is the movie for you!! What an insight to the real human spirit!! I've watched this several times and never fail to shed a tear over how I spent my life. This is a MUST DO for any adult struggling to make it. ( Bring a hankie) This is for men also!! The director has touched on the basic human emotion; who are we, why are we here, and most of all; what happened to "ME"? This movie has addressed so many questions that we all have, being caught up in the every day life, but always wondering-----"what if"? What a release for us to see that some times a person will follow their dreams! The message here is---Be true to yourself!!


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