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Shirley (2020)

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A famous horror writer finds inspiration for her next book after she and her husband take in a young couple.

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Josephine Decker

Writers:

Sarah Gubbins (screenplay), Susan Scarf Merrell (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elisabeth Moss ... Shirley Jackson
Odessa Young ... Rose Nemser / Paula
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Stanley Hyman
Logan Lerman ... Fred Nemser
Victoria Pedretti ... Katherine
Robert Wuhl ... Randy Fisher
Paul O'Brien ... Dean
Orlagh Cassidy ... Caroline
Bisserat Tseggai ... Peggy
Allen McCullough ... Norman
Tony Manna ... Drunken Fellow
Molly Fahey ... Faculty Wife (as Molly Elizabeth Fahey)
Edward O'Blenis ... Ralph Ellison
Ryan Spahn ... Drunk Cad
Vincent McCauley Vincent McCauley ... Grad Student
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As renowned for her morose nature as she is for her horror fiction, writer Shirley Jackson (Elizabeth Moss) is crafting yet another masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds Fred and Rose disrupt her creative process and marriage to literary critic - and philandering professor - Stanley Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg). As Stanley spars to maintain academic dominance over his would-be protégé Fred, Rose attempts to dampen her own ambitions and adjust to married life while living under the roof of their fiery intellectual hosts with quicksilver loyalties and myriad neuroses. When the motives of Shirley's literary muse prove elusive, Rose's curiosity and trusting nature make her tender prey for a brilliant author whose only allegiance is to her work. Written by Mae Moreno

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language and brief disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Elizabeth Moss portrays real life author Shirley Jackson. See more »

Goofs

The death cap mushrooms Shirley points to don't resemble death cap mushrooms at all, which are usually white and flat-capped. It's entirely possible this is another example of Shirley's psychological manipulation. See more »

Quotes

Shirley Jackson: [to Rose] Let's pray for a boy. The world is too cruel to girls.
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What was the point?
7 June 2020 | by nancyhotzSee all my reviews

I read other reviews and completely disagree that this was a horror movie. Certainly not a biopic. Closer to somebody's idea of a feminist film, where everyone is unpleasant and motivations are obscure.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 2020 (USA) See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,626
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