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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 & 12 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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Love, Just Like in the Movies 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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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the third non-James Bond movie produced by Eon Productions. The others are Call Me Bwana (1963) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). 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 »


Ace in the Hole
Written by James E. Dempsey, George Mitchell
Performed by Gloria Grahame
From the motion picture Naked Alibi (1954)
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of Universal Studios
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Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017)
31 December 2017 | by rockman182See all my reviews

The bulk of Academy season hopefuls have come and gone but I see one last one with Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool. I was immediately interested in what the film was offering. A relationship portrayed by Annete Bening and Jamie Bell? Very interesting. If anything I could see a possible Oscar nomination for Bening. After watching I did enjoy the film for what it was. Its well acted and fairly emotional.

The film is based on the real life memoir by Peter Turner (of the same name as the film), where he recollects the relationship he had with the famous Hollywood actress, Gloria Grahame. He encounters Grahame in the later stages of her life, when she is working at Liverpool in stage plays. Grahame and Turner begin a relationship which is marred by Grahame's spreading breast cancer, which she eventually succumbs to. From what I've read after the film, the events of the film seem to cover the incidents of real life pretty accurately.

Annette Bening kind of disappears into the role of Gloria Grahame. Its a really good performance from her. Same with Jamie Bell. The film is really carried by these two and their wonderful relationship. The film does have periods that drag and could have been portrayed in a more straightforward fashion, but the film never really loses its charm which is actually a strong selling point.

I loved Elvis Costello's "You Shouldn't Look at Me That Way", made specially for this film. Its a gorgeous theme and the parts that were included in romantic moments between Gloria and Peter made their relationship seem magical. Overall I don't the film is excellent, though the performances and romance and the film make it worth a watch. You can't help put feel sad for Gloria and Peter by the end of the film.


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