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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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Young Philomena
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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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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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These two unlikely companions are on a journey to find her long lost son. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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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)  »

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Filomena  »

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$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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When Martin and Philomena arrive in Washington, they are staying at the Washington Hotel, observable by the TV in Martin's room, which shows the big W for the Hotel. The Hotel's most interesting facet is its rooftop bar, which has the best view of the White House and Washington Monument of any DC Hotel. See more »

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The BMW hire car in Ireland has Republic of Ireland registration plates and a Northern Ireland tax disc. See more »

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Martin Sixsmith: He's dead.
Sally Mitchell: Who's dead?
Martin Sixsmith: The son. He died eight years ago.
Sally Mitchell: Oh dear. What did he die of?
Martin Sixsmith: I don't know, I didn't find out. I'm at the airport.
Sally Mitchell: You're at the airport?
Martin Sixsmith: Well she just wants to get back, be with her daughter.
Sally Mitchell: What about the story?
Martin Sixsmith: Well... he's dead.
Sally Mitchell: Dead or alive, happy or sad, they're both good. Spin it. Find a story.
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Panis Angelicus
Written by Thomas Aquinas (as Saint Thomas Aquinas) and César Franck
Choir Mistress: Mags Shepherd
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Very moving film
24 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

This was a great film. I haven't stopped thinking and talking about it since I saw it earlier today. This is a story that needed to be told: so much better than the typical blockbusters we are force-fed day by day. A very meaningful and poignant tale about what goes on in the heart of man and the secrets that can change lives if only known. My husband and I hugely enjoy the British style of acting with its dry humour and evident realism. A movie which portrays a reality that would be very close to home for thousands of people. Steve Coogan played his part very well. Judi Dench has excellent comic timing, which I haven't forgotten, having watched her in UK sitcoms in the old days. A must see. Well done to all involved.


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