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Women Talking Dirty (1999)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 7 December 2001 (UK)
A lively, outspoken single mother in Edinburgh, Scotland, develops an unlikely friendship with a shy cartoonist.


Coky Giedroyc


Isla Dewar (novel), Isla Dewar (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Helena Bonham Carter ... Cora
Gina McKee ... Ellen
Eileen Atkins ... Emily Boyle
Kenneth Cranham ... George
James Nesbitt ... Stanley
James Purefoy ... Daniel
Ken Drury Ken Drury ... Bill O'Brien
Julien Lambroschini Julien Lambroschini ... Claude
Barbara Rafferty Barbara Rafferty ... Janine
Elaine C. Smith Elaine C. Smith ... Irene O'Brien
Richard Wilson ... Ronald
Freddie Highmore ... Sam
Bertie Highmore Bertie Highmore ... Col
Steve Street Steve Street ... Man in flash car
Jackie Balfour Jackie Balfour ... Midwife


A touching comic story of two women, who truly test the meaning of the phrase "best friends." Coming from disparate worlds, these two friends bond through a chance meeting followed by a series of unpredictable events. Together, Ellen (Gina McKee) and Cora (Helena Bonham Carter) help each other with all that life throws at them - lovers, divorce, children, debts and too much vodka. A colorful and quirky set of friends (James Nesbitt, Richard Wilson) share in their ups and downs, and force the pair to unravel a dark secret that they unknowingly share.

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Behind every great woman... is her best friend


Comedy | Romance


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This sat on the shelf for two years before finally being released. See more »


When the blue Sofa is being removed from the apartment towards the end of the film, it is obvious when outside the building that the cushions the money is meant to be hidden under are removed to make it lighter to carry. See more »


Sofa Love
Performed by Elton John
Written & Composed by Elton John
Produced & Arranged by Simon Boswell
Published by Happenstance Ltd.
(c) 2001 Rocket Productions Ltd.
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Fantastic little film about friendship and those meddlin' men with a brilliant Edinburgh setting.
15 December 2004 | by sam_dartSee all my reviews

well i saw this film at about 1 and so half expected it to be utterly pants and uninteresting fluff. therefore i was pleasantly surprised when after seeing the film i wanted to buy it. it juxtaposed brilliantly the vivacious yet somewhat uncontrollable Cora against the more reserved Ellen yet managed to maintain the believability of there relationship. The scene where Cora goes slightly mad in the supermarket after a delayed reaction to her almost fatal car accident stands out, as does Ellen's realisation that she wasn't able to be herself when she was with Daniel (whilst standing on top of a large purple sofa swinging a cushion). The friendship was portrayed well and there was the sense that this was both characters only real female friendship so when Cora couldn't tell Ellen about her night with Daniel and the result you could understand. One of its few failings in my view was that it gave you glimpses of a great supporting cast yet never really let you get to know them, so although the film was based around the central female protagonists it would have been nice to see a bit more of them. Helena Bonham-Carter and Gina McKee were great and the story itself was engaging and sweet and the ending felt very "girl power" ish but believable none the less. Fantastic little film about friendship and those meddlin men with a brilliant Edinburgh setting.

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7 December 2001 (UK) See more »

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Women Talking Dirty See more »

Filming Locations:

Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »


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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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