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Girls' Night (1998)

Two British best friends and in-laws, Dawn (Brenda Blethyn) and Jackie (Dame Julie Walters), work together at a factory. When Dawn is diagnosed with a brain tumor, Jackie shares one hundred... See full summary »

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Nick Hurran

Writer:

Kay Mellor
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Blethyn ... Dawn
Julie Walters ... Jackie
Sue Cleaver ... Rita
Meera Syal ... Carmen
Margo Stanley Margo Stanley ... Irene
Maggie Tagney Maggie Tagney ... Anne Marie
Fine Time Fontayne Fine Time Fontayne ... Ken (as Finetime Fontayne)
Philip Jackson ... Dave
George Costigan ... Steve
Anthony Lewis ... Mathew
Maxine Peake ... Sharon
James Gaddas ... Paul
Penelope Woodman Penelope Woodman ... Christine
Nicholas Lane Nicholas Lane ... Bingo Checker
Bill Rodgers ... Removal Man
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Storyline

Two British best friends and in-laws, Dawn (Brenda Blethyn) and Jackie (Dame Julie Walters), work together at a factory. When Dawn is diagnosed with a brain tumor, Jackie shares one hundred thousand dollars she received from her secret lover with Dawn, to fulfill her dream - a visit to Las Vegas. They buy two tickets and fly there.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Girls' Night - Jetzt oder nie See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally made in 1997 and intended to be shown only on ITV in the U.K. However, it was subsequently decided to release it worldwide as a theatrical movie. It was first shown on ITV on April 14, 1999, after its cinema release. See more »

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Referenced in Ausverkauft! (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Ah, Leave Me Not to Pine
from "The Pirates of Penzance"
Words by W.S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Performed by Jude Law
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Not typically British
28 August 2000 | by MartPolSee all my reviews

Northern accents and wide-eyed astonishment at Las Vegas aside, you could be forgiven that this was a Hollywood weepie rather than the working-class British drama it pretends to be. Brenda Blethyn's and (particularly) Julie Walters' performances are detailed and superb, but the cloying sentimentality (including some sick-making talk of angels) is heaped on to the extent that the film becomes tedious rather than sympathetic.

The first half of Girls' Night is enjoyable for its sheer joie de vivre in the face of serious illness, but after around 45 minutes this is lost in a sea of half-baked ideas, repetitive emotional 'scenes' and irritating semi-fairytale romances which upset the previously realistic atmosphere of the piece.

Other than the performances, something of a shapeless disappointment.


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