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Shirley (2020)

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A famous horror writer finds inspiration for her next book after she and her husband take in a young couple.

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Josephine Decker

Writers:

Sarah Gubbins (screenplay by), Susan Scarf Merrell (based on the book written by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elisabeth Moss ... Shirley Jackson
Odessa Young ... Rose Nemser / Paula
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Stanley Hyman
Logan Lerman ... Fred Nemser
Victoria Pedretti ... Katherine
Robert Wuhl ... Randy Fisher
Paul O'Brien ... Dean
Orlagh Cassidy ... Caroline
Bisserat Tseggai ... Peggy
Allen McCullough ... Norman
Tony Manna ... Drunken Fellow
Molly Fahey ... Faculty Wife (as Molly Elizabeth Fahey)
Edward O'Blenis ... Ralph Ellison
Ryan Spahn ... Drunk Cad
Vincent McCauley Vincent McCauley ... Grad Student
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Storyline

As renowned for her morose nature as she is for her horror fiction, writer Shirley Jackson (Elizabeth Moss) is crafting yet another masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds Fred and Rose disrupt her creative process and marriage to literary critic - and philandering professor - Stanley Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg). As Stanley spars to maintain academic dominance over his would-be protégé Fred, Rose attempts to dampen her own ambitions and adjust to married life while living under the roof of their fiery intellectual hosts with quicksilver loyalties and myriad neuroses. When the motives of Shirley's literary muse prove elusive, Rose's curiosity and trusting nature make her tender prey for a brilliant author whose only allegiance is to her work. Written by Mae Moreno

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The missing Bennington College student referred to in the film was Paula Jean Welden who, while off campus, disappeared on December 1, 1946 while walking on Vermont's Long Trail hiking route. See more »

Goofs

After breakfast, Rose puts a flower in the mouth of a bull statue that is sitting on the table. After the cut the flower is no longer in the bull's mouth, it is in the vase with the rest of the flowers. See more »

Quotes

Shirley Jackson: [to Rose] Let's pray for a boy. The world is too cruel to girls.
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Soundtracks

Baby Count Ten (The Counting Song)
Written by Cynthia Ellison and Raymond Saar
Performed by The Bell Sisters
Courtesy of d2 Music
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Awful. A waste of time.
18 July 2020 | by qichaolegendSee all my reviews

The story is quite meaningless and straightforward but is filmed twisted and complicated intentionally to attract eyeballs.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$258,736
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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