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Feeling trapped in a world of domesticity, Shirley (Pauline Collins), a housewife from Liverpool, England, needs a change in her life before she has another conversation with the walls. When her friend Jane (Alison Steadman) invites her on a trip to a Greek island, Shirley jumps at the chance. Upon landing, Jane ditches Shirley for a fling, which means Shirley is left to her own devices. Shirley wanders the island, meets a taverna owner (Tom Conti) and begins to find the joy in life again.

Cast & Crew

Pauline Collins
Shirley Valentine
Tom Conti
Costas Caldes
Joanna Lumley
Marjorie Majors
Bernard Hill
Joe Bradshaw
Sylvia Syms
Headmistress
Gillian Kearney
Young Shirley
Catharine Duncan
Young Marjorie Majors
Tracie Bennett
Millandra Bradshaw
Willy Russell
Writer (Play)
John Dark
Executive Producer
Marvin Hamlisch
Original Music
Willy Russell
Original Music
Alan Hume
Cinematographer
Lesley Walker
Film Editor
Allan Foenander
Casting
John Stoll
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Critic Reviews for Shirley Valentine

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  • Mar 18, 2014
    Just a tad bit too silly. Your mom will love Pauline Collins. The rest of the audience, perhaps not. Non offensive..in a dull sort of way.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 23, 2009
    Severely dated, but its power is time immemorial. Familiar, funny, realistic and Pauline Collins is mesmerising.
    Sarah B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 04, 2008
    Adorable Brit flick,an essence of liberality and traveling to the distance...well,on that occasion,Greece!I must point out it's a better affiliation to the island way of life concerning random puns like other Big Fat Greek Weddings do (excluding the non-usage of Greek actors,pity),Collins is tremendous in her fancy persona,bringing a romantic comedy to where it truly belongs: to the underdogs.
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2008
    Caught this old favorite yesterday on TV and what a pleasure to see it again. Shirley magnificently throws off the roles inflicted upon her by society and embarks on a two week holiday in Greece. She rediscovers herself and finds liberation and romance. Quite possibly one of the few "chick flicks" that I have enjoyed.
    Audrey L Super Reviewer

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