Shirley ValentineDirector: Lewis Gilbert, Pauline Collins, Tom Conti, Alison Steadman
Since its London and Broadway stage debut, playwright Willy Russell's Shirley Valentine has proven an excellent showcase for any number of talented actresses (Loretta Swit won the 1989 Sarah Siddons Award for her work in the Chicago production). In the film version of Shirley Valentine, Pauline Collins re-creates the role that had previously brought her theatrical fame and a Tony Award. Spending the bulk of the film speaking directly to the audience, the titular Shirley (Collins), a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, reveals her innermost thoughts and fears in a manner that is both insouciant and poignant. Once an incorrigible anti-establishment rebel, Shirley now chafes under the plodding insensitivity of her husband, Joe (Bernard Hill). Her life enters a new and exciting phase when, after her best friend, Jane (Alison Steadman), wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece, Shirley is given the opportunity to travel to faraway places without her husband. Shirley Valentine represents the second felicitous collaboration between playwright Willy Russell and director Lewis Gilbert; the first was Educating Rita (1983).
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Cast & Crew
|Pauline Collins||Shirley Valentine-Bradshaw|
|Tom Conti||Costas Caldes|
|Bernard Hill||Joe Bradshaw|
|Gillian Kearney||Young Shirley|
|Catherine Duncan||Young Marjorie|
|Tracie Bennett||Milandra Bradshaw|
|Gareth Jefferson||Brian Bradshaw|
|Honora Burke||Londer's Wife|
|Ray Armstrong||Executive Type|
|John Hartley||German Tourist|
|Marlene Morley||German Tourist|
|Elaine Boisseau||Woman in Taverna|
|Sheila Aza||Cooking Teacher|
|Alex Wright||Kid in Car|
|Ged McKenna||Van Driver|
|Amanda Ackland-Snow||Set Decoration/Design|
|John Dark||Executive Producer|
|John Hadjinassios||Score Composer|
|Marvin Hamlisch||Score Composer|
|Candice Paterson||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Harry Rabinowitz||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Willy Russell||Score Composer,Screenwriter|
|John Stoll||Production Designer|
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I LOVE this movie. Shirley talking to the kitchen wall while drinking wine. Feeding her husbands dinner (steak) to the neighbors dog because she feels sorry for it. Shirley who has dedicated her life to her husband who never smiles and is always sullen and her daughter, who moves back in and expects mom to wait on her hand and foot. Then making a daring move by accompanying her friend on a trip to Greece which turns into a life altering experience. This is a great movie! I highly recommend it.
LIVE VICARIOUSLY! WE TRAVEL ALONG WITH SHIRLEY AS SHE FULFILLS A DREAM. GREECE! WHAT AN ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS ,WONDERFUL DREAM COME TRUE. SIT BACK, ENJOY THE SUNSETS!!!!!
Well, what can I say. " Shirley Valentine" is one of those very few movies with perfection. Pauline Collins is terrefic in the role of Shirley, she is very adorable and her performence is worth appreciating, nevertheless her role is worth admiring and loving. Beautifull scenarios of Greece, excellent chemistry between Tom Conti and Pauline Collins and well, words alone cannot describe this beautifull film. Its emotional, its seductive, its lovely consisting of good performences. Unforgettable and definately worth watching. If you like good lighthearted drama, beautifull locations, this is the film for you.
When my wife & I first saw this film in 1997, it was considered by local movie critics to be a 'sleeper' of a film. It wasn't rated that high so we weren't sure how enjoyable the film would be. I would consider this one of the top 5 films I've ever seen. It shows Shirley's stages of life as a student, antics with her fun loving husband when first married, and how time changes her husband from being 'fun' to being 'boring', something I think many people can relate to. I immediately knew the turning point in the film where Shirley knew 'enough was enough' & decided to inform her husband about her trip to Greece (see if you can tell). The only negative aspect about the film involved the credits. I considered her husband, (Bernard Hill), to have a major emphasis in the whole film. Yet at the beginning when the credits are shown, instead of it reading 'Starring Pauline Collins, Bernard Hill, ...', it reads, 'Starring Pauline Collins, ...', 'With Bernard Hill.'
Shirley did not fall prey to the domineering boring husband, or the demanding ungrateful children. She had dreams and aspirations and followed her heart. Life is too short not to follow your heart or dreams. Hurrah for Shirley Valentine. I hope they make this in DVD soon!
I'm still waiting for the sequel to this great film.
Well, have seen this movie 32 times. Was I moved to get a ticket to Greece - YOU BET! Even stayed at the Manoulas Beach Hotel where she stayed and sat on the beach and watched the same sunset. Marvelous movie - Makes you ''think about life!!'' and take action. My hubby loves it also.
This wonderful comedy/introspective piece is about an unfulfilled housewife and how she gains the courage to follow her dreams and recapture the vivaciousness that was once very much part of her. It is an eye opener for anyone questioning ''how did I end up where I am and how can I regain my purpose'' ---a truly inspirational film.
This is a movie that every woman needs to see and apply to her life. Excellent sceens where Shirley talks to the wall and to the audience. A group of ladies in Atlanta were told what a great movie this was and had a Shirley Valentine party. Twelve ladies watch it together.
This is a perfect movie for anyone tired of the drudgery of day to day. Shirley's conversations with the well are hilarious. She is sweet and honest and brave and she inspires you to be the same. Look for the greatest diet plan ever devised (the F-plan) You and your best girl buds will laugh yourselves silly and still have something to think about when it's over.
This movie is for every person who ever asks the question, ''Is that all there is?'' or ''Whatever happened to the real me?'' Shirley Valentine is a middle-aged woman neglected by her family. Just when she thinks life has no more surprises, she gets an opportunity to take a trip to Greece. In Greece, she meets and is entertained by a charming local, played by the actor Tom Conti. Best of all, she is reintroduced to herself, the Shirley Valentine she thought she left behind when she married. Look for Joanna Lumley of AB-FAB fame, who plays Shirley's old school mate. This movie will make you want to book the next flight to Greece.