Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

Paul McGuigan (2017)

101min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Whereas 2011's My Week with Marilyn detailed a production assistant's chaste backstage infatuation with ultimate sex symbol Marilyn Monroe, this beautifully made true-life romance is all about a passionate love affair between fading (and ailing) Hollywood beauty Gloria Grahame (a film noir icon in classics like In a Lonely Place and The Big Heat) and jobbing Liverpudlian actor Peter Turner (played by Jamie Bell) in late 1970s Britain. Based on Turner's 1986 memoir about the unlikeliest of May-September couples, director Paul McGuigan's witty and incredibly moving drama not only charts their all-too brief relationship, but also the time when Grahame lodged at the Turner family home in Liverpool after falling ill while touring the UK in 1981. A rare non-Bond production from Barbara Broccoli, it's anchored by a fearless, award-worthy performance from Annette Bening, who displays all of the ageing siren's chutzpah, vulnerability and undoubted star quality without resorting to impersonation. Bell is a fine foil with his most mature work yet, and there's first-class support from Julie Walters, Kenneth Cranham and Stephen Graham (sporting a scary looking hairdo that recalls an old Harry Enfield sketch) as Turner's speak-as-you-find family.

Summary

Premiere. Real life proves to be just as dramatic off-screen as it does on it for aging Hollywood superstar Gloria Grahame and her much younger lover, Peter Turner. As their mismatched romance waxes and wanes over time, events conspire to keep them in each other's lives even when it proves to be difficult and demanding. Romantic drama, starring Jamie Bell and Annette Bening.

Cast & Crew

Gloria Grahame Annette Bening
Peter Turner Jamie Bell
Bella Turner Julie Walters
Joe Turner Kenneth Cranham
Jean Grahame Vanessa Redgrave
Joe Jnr Stephen Graham
Joy Frances Barber
Eileen Leanne Best
Jack Peter Turner
Director Paul McGuigan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: swearing, nudityAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 16 Nov 2017
Drama