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My Week with Marilyn (2011)

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Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier's, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 59 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marilyn Monroe
... Colin Clark
... Vivien Leigh
... Sir Laurence Olivier
... Sir Kenneth Clark
... Lady Jane Clark
... Hugh Perceval
... Vanessa
... Jack Cardiff
... Cotes-Preedy
... Arthur Jacobs
... David Orton
... Roger Smith
... Barry
... Andy
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Storyline

Sir Laurence Olivier is making a movie in London. Young Colin Clark, an eager film student, wants to be involved and he navigates himself a job on the set. When film star Marilyn Monroe arrives for the start of shooting, all of London is excited to see the blonde bombshell, while Olivier is struggling to meet her many demands and acting ineptness, and Colin is intrigued by her. Colin's intrigue is met when Marilyn invites him into her inner world where she struggles with her fame, her beauty and her desire to be a great actress. Written by napierslogs

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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23 December 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi semana con Marilyn  »

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Box Office

Budget:

£6,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,750,507, 18 November 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,600,347

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,057,696
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning of the film, just as Colin's voiceover states he was going to "join the circus," we see the sign for Laurence Olivier's production studio, including its address on Piccadilly. Whether coincidentally or meant as a tongue-in-cheek reference, there is a "Piccadilly Circus" in London. It is a road junction and public space in London's West End. See more »

Goofs

In addition to the continuity error about the anamorphic lens seen in the preview theatre two different versions of the rushes are shown in that scene. When Olivier and Vivien Leigh are watching they are looking at a very wide cinemascopic version but, when it cuts to a different angle as they stand up to leave, the image is more of a 16:9 ratio. See more »

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Title Card: In 1956, at the height of her career, Marilyn Monroe went to England to make a film with Sir Laurence Olivier. While there she met a young man named Colin Clark, who wrote a diary about the making of the film. This is their true story.
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Referenced in Cash Trapped: Episode #2.19 (2017) See more »

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When Love Goes Wrong (Nothin' Goes Right)
Written by Harold Adamson and Hoagy Carmichael
Performed by Michelle Williams
Published by EMI First Catalog Inc., Peer Music (UK) Ltd (c/o Songs of Peer Ltd)
Courtesy of The Weinstein Company
Arranged and Produced by David Krane
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Remarkable Performance!
12 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

I just saw this film at the Mill Valley Film Festival and was pretty much blown away. My expectations were low and the very beginning of the film seemed to bear that out. Seeing well-known actors playing very well-known actors can take a little getting used to. But both Kenneth Branagh and Michelle Williams did admirable jobs. Michelle was a revelation. She completely inhabited the role of Marilyn in all of her complexity: her vulnerability, her guile, her sweetness, and her insecurity. This is one of the few performances I've seen where I would say someone is a lock for the Oscar. But this is not only a tour-de-force of acting. It is also a compelling and well-told story of the making of a film and of the competing personalities and agendas involved. Eddie Redmayne was wonderful as Colin, the narrator and main character of the story. Judi Dench was her wonderful, wise self. The cast was filled with wonderful character actors who seemed familiar and comfortable. My brother and I agreed that this was a better film than A King's Speech so on that basis alone it should win Best Picture. At the very least, it was an very entertaining and moving night at the movies.


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