Shirley Valentine (1989) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
7.0/ 10 (3670 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Paramount Pictures [us]

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(UK) - August 1989
(USA) - 30 August 1989
(UK) - 27 October 1989
(Argentina) - 7 December 1989
(Belgium) - 15 February 1990

Running Time

No one thought she had the courage. The nerve. Or the lingerie.

actress-talks-to-audience, adultery, based-on-play, breaking-the-fourth-wall, character-name-in-title, female-nudity, female-protagonist, friendship-between-women, greek-island, housewife, husband-wife-relationship, liverpudlian, nude-bathing, photo-booth, self-realization, talking-to-the-camera, travel, wedding,

Technical Support
CAM:Panavision Cameras and Lenses
MET:2,984 m - (Sweden)
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Armstrong, Ray (I) as [Executive Type] <20>
  2. Conti, Tom as [Costas] <2>
  3. Costigan, George (I) as [Dougie] <8>
  4. Hartley, John (II) as [German Tourist] <21>
  5. Hill, Bernard (I) as [Joe Bradshaw] <7>
  6. Jefferson, Gareth as [Brian] <13>
  7. Long, Matthew (I) as [Male Teacher] <24>
  8. McKenna, Ged as [Van Driver] <34>
  9. Robinson, Cardew as [Londoner] <16>
  10. Sharrock, Ken as [Sydney] <11>
  11. Wright, Alex (II) as [Kid in Car] <33>
  12. Xidakis, Giorgos as (as George Xidakis) [Spiro] <31>
  13. Zuber, Marc as [Renos] <18>
  14. Aza, Sheila as [Cooking Teacher] <32>
  15. Bennett, Tracie as [Millandra] <10>
  16. Blott, Annee as (as Anee Blott) [Chambermaid] <23>
  17. Boisseau, Elaine as [Woman in Taverna] <30>
  18. Burke, Honora as [Londoner's Wife] <17>
  19. Collins, Pauline as [Shirley Valentine-Bradshaw] <1>
  20. Craig, Karen (I) as [Thelma] <12>
  21. Duncan, Catharine as [Young Marjorie Majors] <15>
  22. Griffiths, Geraldine as [Sally] <29>
  23. Kearney, Gillian as [Young Shirley Valentine] <14>
  24. Keaveney, Anna as [Jeanette] <9>
  25. Lumley, Joanna as [Marjorie Majors] <5>
  26. McKenzie, Julia as [Gillian] <3>
  27. Morley, Marlene as [German Tourist] <22>
  28. Nolan, Sarah (I) as [Maureen] <26>
  29. Russell, Ruth as [Veronica] <25>
  30. Steadman, Alison as [Jane] <4>
  31. Syms, Sylvia (I) as [Headmistress] <6>
  32. Whitley, Diane (I) as [Liz] <27>
  33. Yhip, Deborah as (as Debra Yhip) [Sharon-Louise] <19>
  34. Zorian, Joanne as [Carol] <28>


  1. Comedy
  2. Drama
  3. Romance

Full Plot

Shirley's a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg, wondering what happened to her life. She compares scenes in her current life with what she used to be like and feels she's stagnated and in a rut. But when her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece for two, Shirley begins to see the world, and herself, in a different light. Kathy Li Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 74,065 (Sweden) GR: USD 6,353,913 (USA) GR: SEK 3,518,658 (Sweden)

Movie Certificate

L (Iceland)
M/12 (Portugal)
PT (Peru)
Atp (Argentina)
M (Australia)
14 (Chile)
S (Finland)
Btl (Sweden)
15 (UK)

Music Composers

  1. Russell, Willy


  1. Hume, Alan

Dress Designers

  1. Paterson, Candy


Argentina Video Home [ar] - (1990) (Argentina) (VHS)
CIC Vídeo [br] - (Brazil) (VHS)
Esselte Video [fi] - (1990) (Finland) (video)
Mainostelevisio (MTV3) [fi] - (1996) (Finland) (TV)
Paramount Home Entertainment [gb] - (2004) (Sweden) (DVD)
Paramount Pictures [us] - (1989) (USA) (theatrical)
Paramount Pictures [us] - (1990) (USA) (VHS)
Premier Video - (2004) (Russia) (VHS)
United International Pictures (UIP) [gb] - (1989) (UK) (theatrical)
United International Pictures (UIP) [se] - (1990) (Sweden) (theatrical)
United Pictures Finland [fi] - (1990) (Finland) (theatrical)
Yleisradio (YLE) [fi] - (2006) (Finland) (TV)

Film Editors

  1. Walker, Lesley


  1. Albrecht, Andy (I) (title coordinator)
  2. Carter, Peter (II) (location manager)
  3. Edwards, Ann (I) (script supervisor)
  4. Fennell, Lorraine (production coordinator)
  5. Freeman, Geoff (I) (unit publicist) (uncredited)
  6. Kretzmer, Danielle (assistant to producer) (uncredited)
  7. Lowry, Peter (III) (title designer)
  8. Nixon, Gary (I) (assistant accountant)
  9. Stemp, Eric (title sketches)
  10. Tasker, Renny (location manager)
  11. Valentine, Sara-Jane (production assistant) (uncredited)


[bored by dinner conversation] Shirley Valentine: It's a good job we're not having soup, or else I'd put me head in it and drown meself. Shirley Valentine: I think sex is like supermarkets, you know, overrated. Just a lot of pushing and shoving and you still come out with very little at the end. Shirley Valentine: I'm not sayin' she's a bragger, but if you've been to Paradise, she's got a season ticket. She's that type, Gillian, you know. If you've got a headache, she's got a brain tumor. Shirley Valentine: I'm not sayin' he's bad, my fella. He's just no bleedin' good. Shirley Valentine: That's right, Millandra, I'm going to Greece for the sex! Sex for breakfast! Sex for dinner! Sex for tea! And sex for supper! Van Driver: Sounds like a fantastic diet, love! Shirley Valentine: It is, have you never heard of it? It's called the "F" plan! Young Shirley Valentine: Well, tickle my tits 'til Friday! Shirley Valentine: I mean, most fellas ya know, they've got no idea how to talk to a woman. Costas Caldes: No? Shirley Valentine: No. They feel they have to take over the conversation. I mean, I mean with most fellas if you say something like, like my favorite season's autumn, they go oh, oh, my favorite season's spring and then you've got 10 minutes of them talkin' about why they like spring and you weren't talkin' about spring, you were talkin' about autumn. So what do you do? You talk about what they want to talk about. Or you don't talk at all. Or you wind up talking to yourself. [first lines] Shirley Valentine: Hiya Wall. [to the camera] Shirley Valentine: Well what's wrong with that? There's a woman three doors down talks to her microwave. Talking to a microwave! Wall, what's the world coming to ? Shirley Valentine: Aw God, oh, Jane, I look like the back end of a tram smash. Shirley Valentine: Jane divorced her husband. I never knew him, it was before I met her. Apparently she came home from work unexpectedly one morning and found him in bed with the milkman. Honest to God, the milkman ! But from that day forward I've noticed she never takes milk in her tea. Shirley Valentine: So, just think how exciting it'll be if for once you had it at a quarter past six. It'd make headlines. "World exclusive: Joe eats late." Millandra Bradshaw: Greece, at your age, you and that Jane ? It's obscene ! Costas Caldes: Boat is boat, fuck is fuck. Shirley Valentine: [re: Millandra] What am I doing? She's only been home for five minutes and I'm already running around like R-2-bleedin' D-2 [last lines] Shirley Valentine: [at sunset, Shirley sits at a table at the edge of the beach as Joe approaches up the road carrying a suitcase] Oh, I hope he stays for a while. He needs a holiday. He needs to feel the sun on his skin and to be in water that's as deep as forever. Shirley Valentine: [Joe walks straight past her without any recognition, she turns and speaks from behind him] Joe. Joe Bradshaw: I didn't recognize ya. Shirley Valentine: I know. I used to be The Mother. I used to be The Wife. But now I'm Shirley Valentine again. Would you like to join me for a drink? Joe Bradshaw: Er... thanks. Shirley Valentine: I think that marriage is like the Middle East - there's no solution. Shirley Valentine: I know, I'm wicked aren't I? Shirley Valentine: I enjoy a glass of wine while I'm preparing the evening meal... Chips and Egg Shirley Valentine: I was never really interested in school after that. Shirley Valentine: I became a rebel. Shirley Valentine: I used to wear my school skirt so high you would have thought it was a serviette. Shirley Valentine: I was marvelous. Shirley Valentine: I used to exude boredom from every pore and I hated everything. Shirley Valentine: Those travel sickness pills mustn't be working.I still feel sick and I've taken four already. And I've only travelled up and down the stairs.

Other Titles

  1. Shirley Valentine - Auf Wiedersehen, mein lieber Mann (1990) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

  2. Shirley Valentine - la mia seconda vita (1989) (ENG)

  3. Shirley Valentine - Auf Wiedersehen, mein lieber Mann (1990) (GER)
    (West Germany)

  4. Shirley Valentine - la mia seconda vita (1989) (ITA)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Littlewoods department store, Oxford Circus, Oxford Street, London, England, UK
  2. Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
  3. London, England, UK
  4. Marlborough Hotel, Bloomsbury Street, Bloomsbury, London, England, UK - (where Shirley is splashed by limousine)
  5. Mykonos, Greece
  6. St. Pancras Station, St. Pancras, London, England, UK
  7. Twickenham, Middlesex, England, UK - (Shirley Valentine's house)