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Film Stars Don’t die in Liverpool

Synopsis
Based on the memoir of the actor Peter Turner (played by Jamie Bell), Annette Bening plays the Hollywood movie star Gloria Grahame with whom Turner had a relationship during the latter period of her life.

Grahame is dying of cancer when she tells Turner of her dreams of playing Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet". He promptly hires a theatre and they both take to the stage in the title roles.

There is no audience to witness one of Grahame’s last great performances as she professes her love for Romeo in the part of Juliet. Peter mostly reads the part of Romeo whilst Grahame’s Juliet is word-perfect. She’s able to recite the part with great artistry.

The stellar cast includes Vanessa Redgrave who has to be prompted several times by Frances Barber as she struggles to deliver the words of John of Gaunt in William Shakespeare’s Richard II.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2017
Duration
105 mins

Credits

Director
Paul McGuigan
Producer
Andrew Noble; Barbara Broccoli; Colin Vaines
Cinematographer
Urszula Pontikos
Writer
Peter Turner
Editor
Nick Emerson
Screenplay
Matt Greenhaigh
Music
J Ralph
Production Design
Eve Stewart
Art Direction
Matt Sharp
Cast
Jamie BellPeter Turner (Romeo)
Annette BeningGloria Grahame (Juliet)
Vanessa RedgraveJohn of Gaunt
Frances BarberJoy
Julie WaltersBella Turner
Kenneth CranhamJoe Turner
Leanne BestEileen
Peter TurnerJack
Stephen GrahamJoe Turner. Jr.
Tom BrittneyTim

Additional Details

Production type
Other
Plays
Richard II; Romeo and Juliet
Subjects
Shakespeare
Keywords
biographies; death; history; Liverpool

Production Company

Name

Eon Productions

Distributor (Sale)

Name

IM Global

Related

Name

Sony Pictures Classics

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