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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 Lewis Gilbert (1983). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 30, 1989

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Alan Bergman Best Original Song 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan Bergman Best Song 1989 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Marvin Hamlisch Best Original Song 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marvin Hamlisch Best Song 1989 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Marilyn Bergman Best Original Song 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marilyn Bergman Best Song 1989 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Pauline Collins Best Actress 1989 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Pauline Collins Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Pauline Collins Best Actress 1989 Nominee

Cast

Pauline Collins
as Shirley Valentine-Bradshaw
Tom Conti
as Costas Caldes
Alison Steadman
as Jane
Julia McKenzie
as Gillian
Joanna Lumley
as Marjorie
Bernard Hill
as Joe Bradshaw
Sylvia Syms
as Headmistress
Gillian Kearney
as Young Shirley
Tracie Bennett
as Milandra Bradshaw
Gareth Jefferson
as Brian Bradshaw
George Costigan
as Dougie
Anna Keaveney
as Jeannette
Ken Sharrock
as Sydney
Cardew Robinson
as Londoner
Honora Burke
as Londer's Wife
Marc Zuber
as Renos
Deborah Yhip
as Sharon-Louise
Ray Armstrong
as Executive Type
John Hartley
as German Tourist
Marlene Morley
as German Tourist
Annee Blott
as Chambermaid
Matthew Long
as Teacher
Ruth Russell
as Veronica
Sarah Nolan
as Maureen
Diane Whitley
as Liz
Joanne Zorian
as Carol
Geraldine Griffiths
as Sally
Elaine Boisseau
as Woman in Taverna
Giorgos Xidakis
as Spiro
Sheila Aza
as Cooking Teacher
Ged McKenna
as Van Driver
George Hatzinassios
Cardew Robinson
as Londoner
Sheila Aza
as Cooking Teacher
Giorgos Xidakis
as Spiro
Geraldine Griffiths
as Sally
Joanne Zorian
as Carol
Matthew Long
as Teacher
Marc Zuber
as Renos
George Costigan
as Dougie
Anna Keaveney
as Jeannette
Deborah Yhip
as Sharon-Louise
Annee Blott
as Chambermaid
Marlene Morley
as German Tourist
Diane Whitley
as Liz
Ken Sharrock
as Sydney
Honora Burke
as Londer's Wife
Ray Armstrong
as Executive Type
Ged McKenna
as Van Driver
Ruth Russell
as Veronica
Elaine Boisseau
as Woman in Taverna
Sarah Nolan
as Maureen
John Hartley
as German Tourist

Crew

Lewis Gilbert
Director
Lewis Gilbert
Producer
Willy Russell
Screenwriter
Alan Hume
Cinematographer
Harry Rabinowitz
Musical Direction/Supervision
Marvin Hamlisch
Composer (Music Score)
Willy Russell
Composer (Music Score)
Lesley Walker
Editor
John Dark
Executive Producer
Amanda Ackland-Snow
Set Designer
Candice Paterson
Costume Designer
Basil Newall
Makeup
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