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Shirley Valentine
Shirley Valentine
Actors: Pauline Collins, Tom Conti, Julia McKenzie, Alison Steadman, Joanna Lumley
Director: Lewis Gilbert
Genres: Comedy, Drama
R     2009     1hr 48min

As movie midlife crises go, Shirley Valentine's is a doozy. A bored Northern England housewife, wondering what her life is about and how to navigate around her clueless husband, Shirley would be at her wits' end--except th...  more »

     

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Actors: Pauline Collins, Tom Conti, Julia McKenzie, Alison Steadman, Joanna Lumley
Director: Lewis Gilbert
Creators: Alan Hume, Lewis Gilbert, Lesley Walker, John Dark, Willy Russell
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/03/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/1989
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1989
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 48min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 13
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Flowers and some baklava for Shirley Valentine
Peggy Vincent | Oakland, CA | 01/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Delicious movie with Pauline Collins repeating her star role as the lead character in this wonderful, touching, hilarious movie of a woman who makes an emphatic statement for expecting and demanding more out of life. She takes off for Greece for a vacation, then just decides not to go home. Her little asides to the audience, looking straight into the camera, are priceless. And who will forget her feeding the vegetarian neighbor's dog her husband's steak - and the husband shoving the substitute eggs across the table and into her lap (the defining moment when she decided Greece was in her future). [...]
Well.
Anyway, don't miss it! And recommend it to all your friends."
A MUST for any video/dvd library!
jadedromantic | Houston, TX | 12/19/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One of the best films ever made that explores the human heart, "Shirley Valentine" begins with a bored British housewife who aches for "the girl who used to be me." Shirley Valentine was the rebel, the smart-mouth, the girl who would dare to do what other girls only dreamed of having the nerve to try. Now she's Shirley Bradshaw, a 42-year-old housewife with 2 grown kids and a husband she feels doesn't love her anymore. This movie is about how a fortnight's holiday alone (more or less - she arrives with a friend who promptly ditches her) in Greece enables her to find Shirley Valentine again. Funny, witty, heartwarming, inspiring, sentimental without being syrupy, "Shirley Valentine" is for all of us who've ever wondered if we made the right choices in life -- and if it's too late to take some of them back. Pauline Collins deserved the Oscar she was nominated for (too bad she didn't get it), with one of the best performances by an actor ever put onto film. The perfect movie to watch WHENEVER you are "down in the dumps," this film will cheer you up and give you hope, each and every time."
There is a little of this lady in all women.
Betti Trapp | 04/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Shirley Valentine is a housewife. That's it. Just a housewife. She cooks, she cleans, she shops, mostly she talks to herself, and in this poignant film, she talks to us as well, the viewer. It's hard to get used to at first. A film with a woman all alone in a dreary apartment talking to herself, but you soon get past that one little oddity, and Shirley Valentine becomes real. Her life is so similar to millions of other 'just housewives' that if she didn't finally decide to go on a trip to Greece with a friend, there would have been no movie. Shirley loses her housewife persona in Greece, and after much inner turmoil and emotional self-battering, comes of age again within herself. It's a very beautiful and moving story, one most middle aged women can relate to quite well. I rooted Shirley on through out the movie. More than anything I wanted her to find herself, because the film is so good you believe, if only for a short time, that it is you going through this with Shirley. Shirley is no hero, she is no female icon and does not become anyone's object of worship, she just becomes herself, which turns out to be the best thing that could have happened to this movie."
Like Sending a Hallmark Card...
Chris | Alvarado, TX | 07/31/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"You might embrace the message of "Shirley Valentine" the way I did - as a clue to all men. Not as a threat, but merely a window into the very human need to remain vital. Shirley knows she's middle-aged, frumpy, regarded as a piece of furniture by her husband and grown children. But she also knows there's still life in her heart, a need to blend with other life outside her dreary existence. She knows she need not fade away just because her husband is oblivious to her status as a live human being, with needs, desires, opinions, and sense of humor. She acts on her survival instinct, which is to fulfill a dream of visiting Greece. And a visit is what it started out to be! But while there, with opportunity for her brain and her spirit to renew and revitalize, she makes decisions along the way that lead to a satisfying ending. Going to Greece is not the solution for all of us, but the taking-charge-of-your-own-destiny idea is. This movie should be required watching for all women, and men! It's a message to each other, as well as to ourselves - like sending a Hallmark card that expresses that which we might find difficult to express - that says "Hey, let's all remember that we are human beings, with a right to live a full and vibrant life." Shirley Valentine is a "feel-good" movie. Like "The Doctor" and "Saving Private Ryan", Shirley Valentine should have it's place on every shelf, part of your video-multivitamin store."