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Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017)

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A romance sparks between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady.


Paul McGuigan


Matt Greenhalgh (screenplay), Peter Turner (based on the memoir by)
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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Annette Bening ... Gloria Grahame
Jamie Bell ... Peter Turner
Kenneth Cranham ... Joe Snr
Julie Walters ... Bella
Jodie McNee Jodie McNee ... Jessie
Stephen Graham ... Joe Jnr
Joanna Brookes Joanna Brookes ... Didi
Pete Lee-Wilson ... Barman
Jay Villiers Jay Villiers ... Georgie
Marina Bye Marina Bye ... PR Person
Vanessa Redgrave ... Jean
Frances Barber ... Joy
Pandora Colin Pandora Colin ... Surgeon
Alexander Arnold ... Anaesthetist
Gemma Oaten Gemma Oaten ... Patient


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 AnonymousB

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A True Story of What Happens When a Hollywood Legend Discovers Romance See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 November 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Las estrellas de cine nunca mueren See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,026,124, 3 May 2018
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Unusual for this sort of biopic, the vintage clips feature the real Grahame, rather than matting Bening into them, as is more common these days. See more »


Peter Turner: Has anyone ever told you that you look like Lauren Bacall when you smoke?
Gloria Grahame: Humphrey Bogart. And I didn't like it then either.
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References The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) See more »


There She Goes Again
Written by Lou Reed
Performed by The Velvet Underground (as Velvet Underground)
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of Universal Records (US)
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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a 2017 hidden gem
4 February 2018 | by dave-mcclainSee all my reviews

"Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool" (R, 1:45) is a romantic drama based on a couple of years in the life of Gloria Grahame, an Oscar winner and veteran of such classic films as "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Oklahoma". Multiple Oscar-nominee Annette Bening plays Grahame, mostly during her time in Liverpool, England, where she met, had an affair with and was ultimately nursed through a serious illness by much younger man (and local Liverpool actor), Peter Turner (BAFTA Award winner Jamie Bell).

Peter meets Gloria when she moves into his apartment building. They quickly go from being neighbors to friends to lovers. Peter doesn't seem bothered by their age difference and Gloria seems to cherish it, but it inevitably leads to hurt feelings and conflict between them. Nevertheless, they work through the rough patches and Gloria becomes very friendly with Peter's family. When Gloria returns to Liverpool after living in New York for awhile and she is obviously ill, she reaches out to Peter and ends up staying with his family, who all pitch in to take care of the ailing actress. As Gloria's illness progresses and she begs Peter not to take her to any doctors or notify her adult children in the U.S., Peter and his family struggle to find the best way to help Gloria... while Peter deals with his lingering feelings for her.

"Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool" is a sweet and sad story of star-crossed lovers in an especially unusual May-December relationship. It's terrifically acted and creatively shot and edited. It's a wonder why this hidden gem didn't garner more accolades during the 2017-2018 movie awards season. "A-"

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