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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.

Director:

Paul McGuigan

Writers:

Peter Turner (based on the book "Films Stars Don't Die in Liverpool" by), Matt Greenhalgh (screenplay by)
Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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

Real life proves to be just as dramatic off-screen as it does on it for aging Hollywood superstar Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) and her much younger lover, Peter Turner (Jamie Bell). As their mismatched romance waxes and wanes over time, events conspire to keep them in each other's lives even when it proves to be 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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Trivia

This is the second non-James Bond movie produced by EON Productions. The other one was Call Me Bwana (1963) in 1963. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

References Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

California Dreamin'
Written by John Phillips, Michelle Phillips
Performed by José Feliciano
Published by Universal/MCA Music Ltd
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
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Film quality hasn't died
30 November 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

With such a great cast (Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Kenneth Cranham, Stephen Graham, Vanessa Redgrave and Frances Barber) and a fascinating subject matter detailing a passionate true-life romance concerning film noir icon Gloria Grahame and jobbing actor Peter Turner, 'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool' intrigued me.

On the most part, while not perfect, 'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool' did not disappoint and did its subject justice. There wasn't much to criticise for me actually, though the quality of the production values left me torn. On one hand, there's lovely costumes and very handsome photography. On the other, some of the sets are garish and lack authenticity and some of the wigs are a fright. Especially Stephen Graham's that looked like it came from an old comedy sketch on loan.

'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool' however is anchored by Bening at her most fearless and vulnerable and her passionate chemistry with Bell giving the most mature work of his career.

Walters, Cranham and Graham are as expected first class support, particularly Walters. Redgrave and Barber have a terrific scene. Paul McGuigan directs with class.

The elegiac music score adds enormously. The nostalgic atmosphere is evoked beautifully, and the story, while slight, was easy to get behind thanks to the performances, the romance having the passion it does and the emotional resonance of when Grahame's career and health ails. Can't fault the script either, which is full of wit and poignancy.

In short, very intriguing and well done. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,048, 31 December 2017

Gross USA:

$1,026,124

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,047,917
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