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Shirley Valentine
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Director:
Writers:
Willy Russell (play)
Willy Russell (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 August 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
No one thought she had the courage. The nerve. Or the lingerie.
Plot:
Shirley's a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A thoughtful comment on a fabulous film See more (41 total) »

Cast

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Pauline Collins ... Shirley Valentine

Tom Conti ... Costas

Julia McKenzie ... Gillian

Alison Steadman ... Jane

Joanna Lumley ... Marjorie

Sylvia Syms ... Headmistress

Bernard Hill ... Joe

George Costigan ... Dougie
Anna Keaveney ... Jeanette
Tracie Bennett ... Millandra
Ken Sharrock ... Sydney
Karen Craig ... Thelma
Gareth Jefferson ... Brian
Gillian Kearney ... Young Shirley
Catharine Duncan ... Young Marjorie
Cardew Robinson ... Londoner
Honora Burke ... Londoner's Wife
Marc Zuber ... Renos
Deborah Yhip ... Sharon-Louise (as Debra Yhip)
Ray Armstrong ... Executive Type
John Hartley ... German Tourist
Marlene Morley ... German Tourist
Annee Blott ... Chambermaid (as Anee Blott)
Matthew Long ... Male Teacher
Ruth Russell ... Veronica
Sarah Nolan ... Maureen
Diane Whitley ... Liz

Joanne Zorian ... Carol
Geraldine Griffiths ... Sally
Elaine Boisseau ... Woman in Taverna
Giorgos Xidakis ... Spiro (as George Xidakis)
Sheila Aza ... Cooking Teacher
Alex Wright ... Kid in Car
Ged McKenna ... Van Driver

Directed by
Lewis Gilbert 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Willy Russell  play
Willy Russell  screenplay

Produced by
John Dark .... executive producer
Lewis Gilbert .... producer
 
Original Music by
Willy Russell 
 
Cinematography by
Alan Hume 
 
Film Editing by
Lesley Walker 
 
Casting by
Allan Foenander 
 
Production Design by
John Stoll 
 
Costume Design by
Candy Paterson 
 
Makeup Department
Lois Burwell .... makeup artist
Basil Newall .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Haris Kontorouhas .... unit manager: Greece
Roy Stevens .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michel Cheyko .... assistant director
Stephen Gilbert .... second unit director
Kieron Phipps .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Amanda Ackland-Snow .... set dresser
John Allenby .... property master
Vernon Harris .... storyboard artist
Steven Sallybanks .... scenic artist
Ron Benton .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor
Roy Charman .... sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... sound mixer
David Pearson .... boom operator
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Garth Inns .... special effects supervisor
Simon Cockren .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Shaune Harrison .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Gary Shaw .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dennis Brock .... gaffer
Sean Connor .... clapper loader
Tommy Finch .... best boy
John Fletcher .... assistant camera: second unit
John Harris .... camera operator: second unit
Martin Hume .... camera operator
Simon Hume .... camera focus
Bob Penn .... still photographer
Stephen Williams .... camera operator: rostrum camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cynthea Dowling .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
Jeremy Hume .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Brooks Arthur .... music producer
Jeff Atmajian .... music arranger: main theme
Keith Grant .... music recordist
Giorgos Hatzinasios .... composer: Greek music (as George Hatzinassios)
Christopher Palmer .... music arranger
Christopher Palmer .... orchestrator
Harry Rabinowitz .... music supervisor
Chris Walker .... additional orchestrator
Hans Engstrom .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Paul Mottram .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Gerry O'Riordan .... assistant music engineer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Andy Albrecht .... title coordinator
Peter Carter .... location manager
Ann Edwards .... script supervisor
Lorraine Fennell .... production coordinator
Peter Lowry .... title designer
Gary Nixon .... assistant accountant
Eric Stemp .... title sketches
Renny Tasker .... location manager
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Danielle Kretzmer .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Sara-Jane Valentine .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
108 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A thoughtful comment on a fabulous film, 1 December 2004
Author: Paul Immergluck from Surrey, England

This is a sweet yet hilariously funny film about a housewife from the north of England, who takes a trip to Greece and finds that there is more to life than the kitchen sink.

It's one of those films that should be seen by anyone that has at any point felt that there's something missing in their life or that they've had missed opportunities as you will have great empathy with the main character Shirley. Having said that, it's generally just a great film. Not only does it do a very good job at putting one in Shirley's shoes but it's also a great social comment about an average English persons life.

Having said all this, it's one of the funniest films I have ever seen. The humor is ever present throughout the film yet never takes away from the seriousness of Shirley's situation. I found I was smiling to myself all the way through. I particularly liked the way that it pokes fun at the common Englisman's appreciation of foreign hospitality.

Each character brings great life to the film particularly Pauline Collins and Tom Conti. Pauline's regular off-the-cuff comments add character to the film while Tom's smarmy approach entwined with his overall role in the story (without wanting to spoil it) make for an excellent watch.

Great appearances by Julia McKenzie, Alison Steadman and Joanna Lumley add great depth to Pauline's character whilst adding great comedy and life to the film.

Shirley Valentine is a gem of a film and a must see. The style is certainly not "Hollywood" and it appeals to the same tastes as other English greats such as -The Full Monty-.

I give it a strong 10 out of 10.

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