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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 »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Young Philomena
Mother Barbara
Pete Olsson
Young Nun
Sister Anunciata
Young Sister Hildegarde


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 »


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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Release Date:

27 November 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Filomena  »

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Box Office


$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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


While visiting the convent, Martin Sixsmith sees an autographed photo of an American actress on the wall and asks if it is Jayne Mansfield (and is told it's actually Jane Russell). Peter Hermann, who appears later in the film, is married to Jayne Mansfield's daughter, Mariska Hargitay. See more »


After Alex talks to Martin on flight to America, Alex leaves and goes to stairs (going to upper deck - ie like 747). When the plane is landing, the view of the landing plane is one with a single level passenger compartment. See more »


Philomena: But what if he died in Vietnam? Or, or came back with no legs? Or lived on the street?
Martin Sixsmith: Don't upset yourself. We don't know what we don't know.
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Crazy Credits

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


Nocturne In F-Sharp, Op. 15, No. 2
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
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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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