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My Week with Marilyn (2011)

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Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier's, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).



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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 59 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sir Kenneth Clark
Hugh Perceval
Jack Cardiff
Robert Portal ...
David Orton


Sir Laurence Olivier is making a movie in London. Young Colin Clark, an eager film student, wants to be involved and he navigates himself a job on the set. When film star Marilyn Monroe arrives for the start of shooting, all of London is excited to see the blonde bombshell, while Olivier is struggling to meet her many demands and acting ineptness, and Colin is intrigued by her. Colin's intrigue is met when Marilyn invites him into her inner world where she struggles with her fame, her beauty and her desire to be a great actress. Written by napierslogs

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 December 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi semana con Marilyn  »


Box Office


£6,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,750,507, 18 November 2011, Limited Release

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The reenactments of scenes from The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) were filmed on the same soundstage that the original was filmed on. See more »


In the sign on the Dog & Duck, the word "accommodation" is incorrectly spelled. See more »


[first lines]
Title Card: In 1956, at the height of her career, Marilyn Monroe went to England to make a film with Sir Laurence Olivier. While there she met a young man named Colin Clark, who wrote a diary about the making of the film. This is their true story.
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Referenced in Maltin on Movies: Awards Special 2012 (2012) See more »


Uno Dos Tres
Performed by La Tropicana Orchestra
Written by Daniel Indart, Jesus 'El Nino' Alejandro (as Jesus A. Perez-Alvarez)
Published by Indart Music
License courtesy of LMS Records
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Michelle Williams overcomes the low budget
24 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

Remember "The Prince And The Showgirl"? I saw it for the first time only a few years ago, after the death of all the protagonists. The miracle, and it is indeed a miracle, Marilyn felt so alive, so contemporary. In "My Week With Marilyn" Michelle Williams is full of light, the real light, the internal one, while everyone else is deadly opaque. The film feels like a very low budget TV movie and not even the grand manors and colleges manage to give it the production value, the story deserved. But Michelle Williams is truly enchanting. Not that she is a dead ringer for the real Marilyn. So much more demure, smaller breasts, smaller behind, only her strange kind of melancholia seems to match the original one and some of that magic essence appears to be in place. Eddie Redmayne, the narrator, whose POV drives the story is rather a cool fish. His grasp is so limp and small that I was kept longing for more. Kenneth Brannagh is very funny and Judi Dench, terrific, but Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh is just so wrong one wants to fast-forward, unfortunately, that's impossible right now. But, let's go back to Michelle Williams, the one reason to see this film and in itself she's reason enough.

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