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Shirley Valentine (1989)

Shirley's a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg, wondering what happened to her life. She compares scenes in ... See full summary »

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Willy Russell (play), Willy Russell (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pauline Collins ... Shirley Valentine
Tom Conti ... Costas
Julia McKenzie ... Gillian
Alison Steadman ... Jane
Joanna Lumley ... Marjorie
Sylvia Syms ... Headmistress
Bernard Hill ... Joe
George Costigan ... Dougie
Anna Keaveney Anna Keaveney ... Jeanette
Tracie Bennett Tracie Bennett ... Millandra
Ken Sharrock Ken Sharrock ... Sydney
Karen Craig Karen Craig ... Thelma
Gareth Jefferson Gareth Jefferson ... Brian
Gillian Kearney ... Young Shirley
Catharine Duncan ... Young Marjorie
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Storyline

Shirley's a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg, wondering what happened to her life. She compares scenes in her current life with what she used to be like and feels she's stagnated and in a rut. But when her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece for two, Shirley begins to see the world, and herself, in a different light. Written by Kathy Li

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No one thought she had the courage. The nerve. Or the lingerie.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shirley Valentine - Auf Wiedersehen, mein lieber Mann See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$245,422, 4 September 1989

Gross USA:

$6,056,912

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,056,912
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was made by the same team that brought Educating Rita (1983) to the screen. The film was the second of two collaborations of playwright Willy Russell and director Lewis Gilbert who had six years earlier made Educating Rita (1983). See more »

Goofs

Gillian tells Shirley that their house is vegan but is giving the dog muesli and milk. Vegans don't have any dairy products. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Shirley Valentine: Hiya Wall.
[to the camera]
Shirley Valentine: Well what's wrong with that? There's a woman three doors down talks to her microwave. Talking to a microwave! Wall, what's the world coming to ?
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Alternate Versions

The U.S. version of this movie has several alterations made to the soundtrack, where some British expressions are replaced with more "American" ones. "Nut rissole hound" becomes "veggie burger hound", "suspenders" becomes "garter belts", "Ford Cortina" becomes "Ford Escort", and "MFI" becomes "K-Mart." This version was mistakenly released on DVD in the UK in November 2004. The previous PAL VHS version contains the correct, unlooped soundtrack. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock from 9 Jive Till 5
Written Tim Broughton and Eddie Jones
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Finding your own reality
13 April 2007 | by ace-150See all my reviews

I just recommended this movie to a friend who's having her mid-life crisis. Just like Shirley, she can't stop taking care of other people at her own expense. Everyone who reviews this film focuses on its heart-warming qualities, making it sound like Pollyanna. The reality of Shirley Valentine is that it's very grounded in reality. Every moment of the film is fraught with ambiguity, moral and emotional. Shirley's trip to Greece and subsequent adventures are not Hallmark moments. She realizes quite clearly that her fantasies are superimposed on the necessities of reality. She doesn't marry a tycoon: she gets a waitress job. She realizes from the get-go that her relationship with Costas is a good-natured fraud. The ending of the movie doesn't answer any questions except "How does Shirley feel right at this moment in time?" This is not a film about escaping to a fantasy. It's about finding a reality that works for who you really are. Every human being on earth who's dissatisfied with their life should watch this film.


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