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Philomena (2013)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 27 November 2013 (USA)
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A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 76 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Young Philomena
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Ruth McCabe ...
Mother Barbara
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Pete Olsson
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Michael
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Young Nun
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Sister Anunciata
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Kathleen
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Young Sister Hildegarde
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Storyline

When former journalist Martin Sixsmith is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena, who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son's fate. Furthermore, both find their basic beliefs challenged. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The true story of a search for a lost son. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for some strong language, thematic elements and sexual references | See all certifications »

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27 November 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Filomena  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,509,726 (United Kingdom), 3 November 2013, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$128,435, 22 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$37,707,719, 16 May 2014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,112,825, 5 May 2014
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Martin and Philomena are driving, she asks to stop at a Catholic Church for confession. The name of the church is St. Anthony's Catholic Church. See more »

Goofs

When Coogan's character is holding the photo of Philomena's boy, and they show a close-up of the photo, it is the same close-up with Philomena's thumb in it, that we saw earlier, not a man's thumb. See more »

Quotes

Philomena: I was going to ask you, Martin, if it'd be possible not to use my real name when you write the story? Why don't you just call me Nancy. I've always loved that name, Nancy. I have a niece called Nancy.
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Philomena: Oh, maybe they'd think it's her. What about Anne? Anne Boleyn? That's a lovely na-
[quietly]
Philomena: well somebody had that, of course...
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Crazy Credits

Real footage of Anthony/Michael is shown at the ending credits See more »

Connections

Featured in Making of Philomena (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Panis Angelicus
Written by Thomas Aquinas (as Saint Thomas Aquinas) and César Franck
Choir Mistress: Mags Shepherd
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Finally a Real MOVIE!
28 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

Sometimes I get the feeling filmmakers have lost their way. Formulas work and make the basics irrelevant so we get carbon copy blockbusters appealing to the masses clearly showing a reckless disregard for what filmmaking is all about: visually telling a story. And then a film like Philomena comes along and reminds us of the magic that can happen when a true craftsman and artist skillfully blends the basic ingredients of story, character, camera, and music into an exhilarating and powerful work of art. This film is satisfying at every level and gives me hope that some people still know what they are doing when they take the money and do their job effectively. The folks on this one should be extremely proud of their efforts.


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