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Stevie (1978)

This biographical film has Glenda Jackson portraying a British poet with emotional problems.

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Robert Enders

Writers:

Hugh Whitemore (screenplay), Hugh Whitemore (based on his play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenda Jackson ... Stevie
Mona Washbourne ... Aunt
Alec McCowen ... Freddy
Trevor Howard ... The Man
Emma Louise Fox Emma Louise Fox ... Stevie As Child
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Storyline

This movie portrays British poet/author Stevie Smith and her life with her beloved aunt through direct dialogue with the audience by Stevie, as well as flashbacks, and narration by a friend. The movie mainly focuses on her relationship with her aunt, romantic relationships of the past, and the fame she received late in her life. Written by Stacia Kissick <srm12@ksu.ksu.edu>

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She inspired a whole generation.

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Incrível Stevie See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)
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Last cinema feature of Mona Washbourne. See more »

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[repeated line]
Aunt: Stuff and nonsense!
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Featured in At the Movies: Winners That Were Losers (1983) See more »

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Lingering Hopefully
6 February 2012 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Literate, lovely, sad film about the British poet/writer Stevie Smith with splendid performances by Glenda Jackson as Stevie and Mona Washbourne as the "lion aunt." Stagy, yes, but filled with love and wit and great wisdom.

The narrative follows the adult years of the eccentric poet in her suburban London home she shares with her aunt. Her workaday like is a background to her domestic life with flashbacks of school, a failed love, and death ... a major theme in her writing.

But rather than being gloomy, the film points out the joys of a life even if unfulfilled by husband and children. Jackson enacts many of Stevie's poems as a counterpoint to her own life, and she is quite superb.

Mona Washbourne is excellent and endearing as the aging aunt who really doesn't understand the Bohemian life of her gifted niece. Yet they have a wonderful life together. The domestic scenes of the simple joys of conversation and good sherry are wondrous.

Alec McCowen is the lost suitor. Trevor Howard is the narrator who wanders through the story.

A pity this is not available on DVD. A lovely film for the intelligent viewer.


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