Shirley Valentine

 (1,944)7.21 h 48 min1989R
Shirley's a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg.
Lewis Gilbert
Pauline CollinsTom Conti
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TMITCHReviewed in the United States on November 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsLife Come Full Circle
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The year I graduated from high school, I saw this movie for the first time, and absolutely loved it. I was eighteen and the world was my oyster. I traveled the world and had marvelous adventures. Then, I became Shirley Valentine. It sneaks up on you slowly. First, a wife whose husband's career takes precedence over her own. Next come the children who become your purpose in life. And before you know it, who you were is no more, and it becomes even hard to remember how amazing that forgotten girl was. I have not watched this amazing movie since it was released in 1989. It was so different this time because I was viewing it through the eyes of a middle aged woman starting over and leaving "the wife," "the mother" behind and trying to discover the life within herself. I am Shirley Valentine, and this movie resonates with the millions of Shirley Valentines out there. So, take Shirley Valentine's advise and do not just exist, live, and thrive, and take that leap in the deep water that goes on forever.
31 people found this helpful
Deacon BluesReviewed in the United States on November 7, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsI really LOVE this movie
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I first saw this movie back in 1990 when I was in Bahrain, and I just loved it, and I fell in love with the typically British food "Chip and egg" as well. Shirley Valentine is the female version of our "everyman" or "Man In The Grey Flannel Suit," she is the typical overworked, underappreciated homemaker, a son and daughter who are totally wrapped up in their own silly lives, a husband who is just too overworked to care about anything and always grumpy, and selfish friends who never appreciate what a great person Shirley really is.. Shirly gets an unbelievably good gift from one of her selfish friends, a two week holiday (vacation) in Greece. EVERYONE needs an occasional vacation, and after she has her time away, she realizes that her grumpy husband also needs the very same thing. This movie speaks to anyone and everyone who falls in to the drab routine, I wish we could all afford a two week vacation to Greece, but if you can't you can at least watch this movie, and I suspect you will very much identify with Shirley, as she deals with others who seem so non-caring and self centered.
25 people found this helpful
Sbelle4Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsCharming Mid-Life Crisis Movie
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I first saw this film first almost 30 years ago when I rented the video as a young woman and then watched it again recently with Prime. Shirley Valentine is a charming, very attractive woman who has raised her kids and taken care of her husband and longs for a life of her own. Her husband is inattentive and cranky; he even shoves a plate of food in her lap when it doesn't please him. Her daughter moves back in without a moment's notice and expects her mother to wait on her hand and foot. Shirley longs to reclaim her identity as the spunky Shirley Valentine of her youth. She then is given a once in a lifetime chance to take a trip to Greece, which changes her life. As she tells her friend, "I've fallen in love with life again." The ending is somewhat open ended but I formed my own opinion about what happened. It was originally a play and much of that format is still in the movie. Shirley frequently speaks directly to the camera/viewer to reveal her thoughts and point of view. Joanna Lumley of "Absolutely Fabulous" makes a great cameo appearance as a successful "businesswoman" who Shirley knew in school. In my opinion this is a very funny and charming movie, even if it is a little bittersweet.
13 people found this helpful
AmarataPeatReviewed in the United States on May 27, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsSmart, funny, intimate gem that should be a classic
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Refreshing, honest romantic-dramedy with no formulaic gags or caricatures. Having adored Pauline Collins in Upstairs Downstairs, I was thrilled to discover this film. She's delightful as unwitting feminist "Shirley the brave & marvelous" Valentine, and communicates so much endearing vulnerability, intensity, and wit through her eyes. Watching Bernard Hill (Theoden!) and Joanna Lumley (Patsy!) as well as all the hilariously bourgeois peripheral characters was a real treat too.

This well-balanced story neither perpetuates the Cinderella Complex that typically resolves rom-coms nor denies a natural need for companionship. It lovingly finds joy in setting its male and female leads alike on the path to both self-actualization and perhaps healthier domesticity. Any potential treatment of infidelity is handled maturely and truthfully, not at all frivolously. Neglect and belittlement are after all, very real/valid forms of mistreatment, however unintentional. As The Cars say, it doesn't matter where you've been, as long as it was deep, yeah. An empowering, sensitive, humane, absorbing movie that doesn't capitulate to youth and has welcome unexpected twists.
12 people found this helpful
Blue DragonflyReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Ultimate Feel Good movie!
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I was so delighted to see this come to Amazon Prime Video. I have looked and looked for this movie. It is an all time favorite of mine and so delightful even all these years later. Pauline Collins is just precious in the title role as an unhappy British housewife reaching middle age and feeling that life has passed her by. Though I suppose one would call it a "chick flick" I think anyone could appreciate the theme of finding personal freedom and taking a chance and starting over. I could watch this over and over because it is the ultimate "feel good" movie.
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leah wrightReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsShirley Valentine is a must see chick flick.
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My product arrived when promised and is in excellent condition. This is one one the best chick flicks I have ever seen. It states out a little slow but there is a reason for that. It's about a woman who lost her identity after years of being a wife and mother and her journey to reconnect with her true self. I have seen it at least 10 times. A must see for every woman out there.
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Steve BeebeReviewed in the United States on April 29, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars"Isn't that right Wall?"
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I love this film about a woman rediscovering herself later in life. Pauline Collins reprises her Tony Award-winning role as Shirley Valentine to tremendous success. Leaving her husband behind in England, Shirley travels to Greece for a holiday, where she meets some very colorful characters including Tom Conti. As she is about to board a plane to return to England at the end of her holiday...she reconsiders and remains in Greece. Shirley is someone I would personally love to know! The writing and supporting cast are fantastic! (Pauline even received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress!)
CindyReviewed in the United States on March 18, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsOne of the best movies ever!!!
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There is no wonder where ever this actress took this story and acted in it awards were given. Just love this movie and the acting is superb. Even though this was made years ago it resonates even today. When you get fed up with anyone treating you with contempt and especially a loved one then you have to get out of your comfort zone and do something, so goes Shirley Valentine. Just great acting and a wonderful movie.
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