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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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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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23 December 2011 (USA)  »

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£6,400,000 (estimated)

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$1,750,507 (USA) (18 November 2011)

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$14,597,405 (USA) (30 March 2012)
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Catherine Zeta-Jones was approached to play Vivien Leigh, but declined in favor to spend time with ailing husband Michael Douglas. After she dropped out of the project, Rachel Weisz was considered to replace her, however, she was filming three projects back to back at the time (To the Wonder (2012), Your Sister's Sister (2011) and The Deep Blue Sea (2011)), so Julia Ormond was cast instead. Weisz in fact ended up not being able to shoot Your Sister's Sister (2011). See more »

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In the opening sequence, Marilyn appears singing "Heat Wave" in the screen of a movie theater. She sang that Irving Berlin song in There's No Business Like Show Business with a totally different set and costumes. See more »

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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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Memories Are Made of This
Performed by Dean Martin
Words and Lyrics by Frank Miller, Rich Dehr (as Richard Dehr) and Terry Gilkyson
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Licensed by Montclaire Music Company Limited
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Remarkable Performance!
12 October 2011 | by (Berkeley, USA) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film at the Mill Valley Film Festival and was pretty much blown away. My expectations were low and the very beginning of the film seemed to bear that out. Seeing well-known actors playing very well-known actors can take a little getting used to. But both Kenneth Branagh and Michelle Williams did admirable jobs. Michelle was a revelation. She completely inhabited the role of Marilyn in all of her complexity: her vulnerability, her guile, her sweetness, and her insecurity. This is one of the few performances I've seen where I would say someone is a lock for the Oscar. But this is not only a tour-de-force of acting. It is also a compelling and well-told story of the making of a film and of the competing personalities and agendas involved. Eddie Redmayne was wonderful as Colin, the narrator and main character of the story. Judi Dench was her wonderful, wise self. The cast was filled with wonderful character actors who seemed familiar and comfortable. My brother and I agreed that this was a better film than A King's Speech so on that basis alone it should win Best Picture. At the very least, it was an very entertaining and moving night at the movies.


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