Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

DVD - 2018
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On September 29, 1981, Peter Turner received a phone call that would change his life. His former lover, Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame, had collapsed in a Lancaster hotel and was refusing medical attention. He took her into his chaotic and eccentric home in Liverpool to see her through her last days. Though their affair had ended years before, it was to him that she turned in her final hour of need. Takes place over the course of three weeks in Turner's working class family home.
Publisher: Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2018
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approx. 106 mins.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: English or Spanish dialogue; English or French subtitles; subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH); audio description track

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iplay2
May 11, 2019

I was very much looking forward to watching this film as I remember Gloria Grahame very well. After I watched it I was disappointed. The storyline is from the very narrow perspective of a very young man who is in love with a much older woman. It is obvious to me that he idealized Gloria Grahame and did not see or accept that she was an extremely unstable woman. The movie would have been much more interesting had it focused on her life as a whole rather than the insipid and boring relationship the 2 lovers had. Grahame was a fine actress but was a victim of her own insecurities about her looks and aging. She had 4 husbands. She was married to Nicholas Ray, the director, and had children by him. It was rumored that she sexually seduced one of Ray's sons when he was 13 and then eventually married him and had children with him. If that doesn't make for intriguing family dynamics, I don't know what does. Grahame was so obsessed with her looks that she underwent numerous surgeries especially on her upper lip. She felt her upper lip was too thin. In the end her lip became paralyzed and she would stuff tissue underneath the lip which made scenes where she had to kiss awkward for the actors. She was an extremely troubled woman and I simply feel this movie was a superficial look at a very troubled woman. The acting was good. While many think Bening's performance was superb, I do not think she is at her best in this movie. Unfortunately, I was not impressed.

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ClarkHarveyRoth
Mar 29, 2019

At some point I had to admit that my sole reason for checking out this film was the excruciating attractiveness of Jamie Bell. I came across the preview on some other library DVD & watched it two or three times. Then I made the mistake of watching the interview segment in the bonus features first, & Annette Bening unfortunately comes across as one of these vapid, name-dropping Hollywood insiders that comedic actors in other contexts parody to oblivion. For some reason, though, I wasn't deterred, & I'm glad I wasn't. The movie is beautifully photographed, exquisitely performed, tremendously sad, & a moving portrait of what's universal in true love. It took a lot of courage to tell this story, on Ms. Bening's part also. "If I profane with my unworthiest hand this holy shrine..." CR

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empbee
Feb 16, 2019

Annette Bening gives a great performance as Gloria.

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Earlgrey454
Feb 10, 2019

While well-acted and produced, the story is not too compelling. I thought "OK, she's dying, this young man loves her, but that's not near enough of a story for an entire movie." So beware, it's pretty slow going. Better to Just get an old Gloria Grahame movie and watch that instead.

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MT60
Feb 09, 2019

Neither my wife nor I finished this one. Didn't grab either of us at the start, then just got depressing.

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molly
Jan 25, 2019

Yes, I remember Gloria Graham but this film is a total waste of time. I am however intrigued
by Annette Bening , as the only woman who has been able to subdue Warren Beatty. 😜

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eabramlett
Jan 23, 2019

This was a truly horrible idea for a movie, the last days of actress Gloria Grahame dying from cancer in the company of one of her much younger former lovers. Slow, boring, depressing, and difficult to watch.

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misatim
Jan 10, 2019

wow! some excellent acting in this story based on a real life ageing actor. Sets, costumes all around very well done

Surprisingly good for a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction kind of story. Bening is great as a faded movie star on her last legs, breath, and everything else. One of the better indy bio-pics going.

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Janice21383
Jan 04, 2019

Gloria Grahame: known as the town tart in It's a Wonderful Life, but also for her noir performances in The Big Heat, In a Lonely Place, and Human Desire, and as an Oscar winner for The Bad and the Beautiful. She had a special glow and vulnerability, which I think would play better in modern films than in most of the films of her day. So as a true fan, what do I think of Annette Bening's version? Much better than expected. No one can truly be her, but Bening comes as close as any actress can. The story of Film Stars may seem improbable, but it is based on fact: Grahame attempted to revive her career in England, which lead to a relationship with a young actor, whose family took her in as she struggled with cancer. Actually, it is not so improbable, given her lifelong attraction to young men. The movie could have been better if it had dealt with the negative side of Grahame's personality, which brought about her downfall. But it's hard to grudge her heroine status -- she truly was brave and noble at the end.

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Aug 12, 2018

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