A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
Real life proves just as dramatic off-screen as it does on it for these two actors, the aging Hollywood superstar Gloria Grahame and her younger lover, Peter Turner. As their mismatched romance waxes and wanes over time, events conspire to keep them in each other's lives even when it proves difficult and demanding. Ultimately, they find that they must each come to terms with whatever fate they face in the future whether they are together or apart.Written by
Annette Bening had the rare opportunity to meet with actress Terry Moore, an old friend of Gloria Grahame who played her stepmother in Man on a Tightrope (1953). Moore and Grahame had both attended the Academy Awards on the night Moore was nominated for Come Back, Little Sheba (1952) and Grahame won for The Bad and the Beautiful (1952). Annette was able to learn that Grahame was quite a private person who'd never discuss her husband or family life in general. She was also so stubborn that director Elia Kazan only managed to get her to weep for a scene in 'Tightrope' by telling her that co-star Moore was a better actress. See more »
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) was directed by Paul McGuigan. The star of the movie is Annette Bening, who portrays the actor Gloria Grahame.
Those of us who remember Gloria Grahame on the screen remember her just as director McGuigan remembers her. She was beautiful and sexy. Every leading man desired her, often to their peril. She was an Academy Award winner.
In the movie, Grahame is ill and returns to a house in Liverpool where she had stayed when she was younger. She's no longer a star--just a woman who is able to hang on because some people remember when she was a marquee name.
The film is melodramatic, and Liverpool looks dark and forlorn. Still, it's worth seeing the movie to watch Bening act. She inhabits the role of Grahame, and I believe Bening could see the possibility of her own career ending up like Grahame's career.
We saw this movie at Rochester's wonderful Little Theatre. It will work well on the small screen. The film has a dismal 6.9 IMDb rating. It's better than that. See it and decide for yourself.
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