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Joanna Lumley's cameo only took a day to film.
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Pauline Collins originated the role of Shirley Valentine in the original West End run of the play at the Vaudeville Theatre in London in 1988. This production was produced by Bob Swash and directed by Simon Callow. Previously, the play had premiered in 1986 in a production produced by the Liverpool Everyman Theatre, directed by Glen Walford and starring Noreen Kershaw as Shirley Valentine.
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A rarity in film, Pauline Collins' character Shirley sporadically engages the cinema audience by looking straight into the camera as she voices her thoughts, a technique called "breaking the fourth wall". Curiously enough, the film's director Lewis Gilbert earlier directed Michael Caine as the titular Alfie (1966) in which he also spoke his thoughts directly to the viewer.
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The movie was made by the same team that brought Educating Rita (1983) to the screen. The film was the second of two collaborations of playwright Willy Russell and director Lewis Gilbert who had six years earlier made Educating Rita (1983).
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Breakthrough film role of actress Pauline Collins.
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The age of the Shirley Valentine character played by Pauline Collins was 42. Collins in real life when she played the part in this film had just turned 48.
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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.
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The name of the exotic Greek locale in Mykonos made famous by this movie is Agios Ioannis Beach situated at Agios Ioannis Bay. The location has been nick-named the "Shirley Valentine Beach".
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The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards, for Best Actress (Pauline Collins) and Best Song ('The Girl Who Used To Be Me'), but the film failed to win an Oscar in either category.
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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.
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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.
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To promote the film, a promotional brochure featuring a number of Shirely Valentine's aphorisms was produced. It was called "The Wit and Wisdom of Shirley Valentine".
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Apart from adapting his own stage play for this movie adaptation, playwright Willy Russell also worked as a music composer on the film.
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Star Billing: Pauline Collins (1st), Tom Conti (2nd), Alison Steadman (3rd), Julia McKenzie (4th) and Joanna Lumley (5th).
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At the dinner table when Shirley asks Jeanette where she thinks her jacuzzi came from in the English version she says 'mfi' but the U.S. version its dubbed to 'kamart'
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Actor Tom Conti sports a mustache in this movie.
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The film was made and released about three years after its source stage play of the same name by Willy Russell had been first performed in 1986.
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First feature film in four years for director Lewis Gilbert whose last picture had been 1985's Not Quite Paradise (1985) aka "Not Quite Jerusalem".
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The actual full name of the Shirley Valentine character played by Pauline Collins was Shirley Valentine-Bradshaw.
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The movie was filmed during late September, October, November and December 1988.
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Joanna Lumley:  As the older Marjorie Majors.
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