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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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Gillian
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Jane
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Marjorie
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Headmistress
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Joe
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Dougie
Anna Keaveney ...
Jeanette
Tracie Bennett ...
Millandra
Ken Sharrock ...
Sydney
Karen Craig ...
Thelma
Gareth Jefferson ...
Brian
Gillian Kearney ...
Young Shirley
Catharine Duncan ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

Shirley Valentine - Auf Wiedersehen, mein lieber Mann  »

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$6,353,913 (USA)
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Trivia

The source Willy Russell play "Shirley Valentine" was a one-hander or one-character play. In the one-woman show, the actress playing the title character voices all the other characters which were, for this film adaptation, were fleshed out and cast with other actors, all in speaking parts for roles which on stage were had all been voiced by the Shirley Valentine character during her one long continuous monologue. 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 ?
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Soundtracks

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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The Classic Married Person's Midlife-Crisis Comedy
5 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every woman - and man for that matter - experiencing or approaching their 40s-50s midlife and/or who suspects they are living a stuck-in-a-rut lifestyle ought to be required to see this movie ASAP!! A rare gem that is simultaneously interesting, hilarious AND potentially life-changing! Plus a true feminist statement that is never obnoxious. I wonder how many marriages have been rescued by this film - although some may have been ended by it too. Beats the heck out of most books on the subject. Timeless.

"He needs to feel the sun on his skin and swim in water that is as deep as forever"


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