Stevie (1981)

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Stevie is not a he but a she--famed British poet Stevie Smith. As portrayed by Glenda Jackson, Stevie escapes her dull middle-class existence through her poetry. Though she takes many a spiritual flight of fancy, she never truly leaves the small apartment wherein all the action of the film takes place. The rest of the cast--all three of them--consists of Mona Washbourne as Stevie's aunt, Alec McCowan as her boyfriend Freddie, and Trevor Howard as "The Man." Stevie is a literal adaptation of the stage play by Hugh Whitemore; the poetic interpolations are from Stevie Smith's own works.

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Stevie is a rare, exquisite little movie which grows in stature as it lingers in memory.

Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Stevie captures this laconic despair, but it also does a great deal more. It gives us a very particular portrait of a woman's life.

Jun 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

A heartbreaking documentary about a ruined life.

Aug 29, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Unfortunately, besides the flawless performances I didn't get much else from the film to make it much of a lyrical experience.

Jun 25, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

morbid

Aug 13, 2005 | Rating: 1/5

intriguing and entertaining

Apr 18, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

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