Shirley Valentine (DVD)

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Description

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.

Product Details

Barcode
6003805114525
Department
Movies & TV
Released
19 Oct 2009
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Romance
Region
Region 2
Year
1989
Language
English
Sound Format
5.1 Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Studio
Paramount Pictures
Runtime
105 min
Age Restriction
13 LN
Trailer
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
Shirley Valentine
Release Year
1989
Running Time
108 min
Language
English
Categories
Comedies / Bucolic / Buddies / Friends / On-The-Road / Recommended / Romance / Self-Discovery / Theatrical Release
Ratings
IMDb
7.2
Rotten Tomatoes®
69%
Metacritic
52
Synopsis
Overcome by the drudgery of everyday domestic life, housewife Shirley Valentine (Pauline Collins) wishes for a change of pace. When her best friend Jane (Alison Steadman) invites her on a free trip to Greece, she simply cannot refuse. After a few days of lounging on golden Mediterranean beaches, Shirley is back to her sprightly old self, and when she meets Costas Caldes (Tom Conti), the two engage in an unforgettable love affair which will change their lives forever.

Director Lewis Gilbert does an amazing job converting this one woman stage play into an exotic and heartfelt film. As always, Gilbert impresses with his unique fly-by cinematography, beautifully displaying the lidos and sandbars of the Aegean Sea. Best of all, however, are the effortless performances from Pauline Collins and Tom Conti, as their characters fall in love and go from frustrated adults to giddy teenagers, proving it's never too begin life again.
Notes
Shown at the 1989 Montreal World Film Festival.

Partially shot on the Greek island of Mykonos, in London and Liverpool, and at Twickenham Studios, London, England.

Actress Pauline Collins also played Shirley Valentine in the West End (London) and Broadway stage versions. She won a Tony award for her efforts.
Poster
Poster for Shirley Valentine
Cast & Crew
Director
Lewis Gilbert
Star
Pauline Collins / Tom Conti / Julia McKenzie / Alison Steadman
Composer
Marvin Hamlisch
Movie Critics
Los Angeles Times
"...Actress Collins prevails..."
Sheila Benson (30 Aug 1989, p.C1)
Ultimate DVD
5 stars out of 5 -- "It's very funny and achingly sad at times, and SHIRLEY is guaranteed to bring a ray of Mediterranean sunshine into an home."
David Richardson (1 Jul 2007, p.26)
USA Today
"...Russell has done a serviceable job....SHIRLEY VALENTINE preserves lead Pauline Collins' Tony-winning performance on screen..."
Mike Clark (31 Aug 1989, p.5D)