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Shirley Valentine


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  • Actors: Pauline Collins, Tom Conti, Julia McKenzie, Alison Steadman, Joanna Lumley
  • Directors: Lewis Gilbert
  • Writers: Willy Russell
  • Producers: Lewis Gilbert, John Dark
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: April 1 2004
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301627024
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #226 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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British actress Pauline Collins repeats her stage success as the character Shirley Valentine, a married woman who decides in her middle years that she wants more out of life. Leaving her spouse behind, she heads to Greece, where she grows close to a low-key, local bloke (Tom Conti). Collins and director Lewis Gilbert (Educating Rita) choose to let the character, as she did in the play, speak directly to the audience at times, and the gamble works in terms of creating a gentle, intimate atmosphere. Conti is a bonus, a warm presence and funny to boot. --Tom Keogh

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Kuehn on Dec 11 2007
Format: DVD
Absolutley brilliant movie which gives a humerous look at relationships in mid-life and after children. It is a movie you can enjoy over and over again!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Betti Trapp on April 25 2002
Format: VHS Tape
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jadedromantic on Dec 19 2001
Format: VHS Tape
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Love English movies on March 5 2010
Format: DVD
This is a lively, funny movie about middle age crisis. Where did all the dreams go? How did our lives become so circumscribed and how did we allow yourselves to become subservant to the wishes of others? Why does anyone think a bloodhound should be vegetarian?

Well Shirley confronts her shrinking world, by accident really, and expands out to her previous dimensions. Well, mostly.

Very funny and at times poignant. The film moves from cold, dark England to sunny, warm Greece, could it be more evident that things are looking up?
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Format: VHS Tape
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.
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Format: VHS Tape
I saw this movie many years ago, when it first hit the art house theatres. I bought it on video as soon as it was available!
This movie touched me in a way that no other movie has before. Shirley's desire to rediscover life during a marriage that's lifeless, along with two grown kids that don't seem to care much for her anymore, really was poignant. Her desire to find that young, rebellious girl that she once was, willing to take chances and enjoy life, see the world -- it's an amazing film.
You'll enjoy her little sidebars to the cameras and her conversations with inanimate objects. Pauline Collins is adorable and a delight in this film. It's a great film for women and men alike, for those who have forgotten who they are but want to get back in touch with their inner child, realize that just because your 40 doesn't mean you're dead; you've got a lot more living to do, as Shirley states in the movie.
Buy it for yourself and for others. It's funny and touching at the same time. You'll cheer for Shirley as she breaks out of the bored housewife mode and into the sexy go-getter who's ready to conquer the world.
The only complaint I have (and it'small) is that the first time you watch it, you may have a hard time understanding Shirley. Her British accent is rather hard, but once you've watched it a number of times (and I'm sure you will want to) you get used to the accent.
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