Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

Synopsis: A romance sparks between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady.
Director(s): Paul McGuigan
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min


Harpoon Penelope's pansies leaving poor Penelope perplexed.


Major Mickey makes...

Major Mickey's malt makes me merry.

Five minutes, Miss Grahame.

Thanks, honey.

Ladies and gentlemen,

this evening's performance of The Glass Menagerie

will begin in five minutes.

Could you please take your seats?

Miss Grahame?

You might be in a luxury hotel, Bella,

three-star and that, maybe more.

I don't want to be staying in a bloody luxury hotel.

Oh, come on, Ma! What do you mean?

You don't want to get waited on hand and foot like the Queen of Sheba?

Joseph, my Queen of Sheba days went down the swanny

the day I married your bloody father.

You big lump of lard!

You forgot to tell me till now?

We're supposed to be off on Tuesday.

I'd never have agreed if I'd known.

Sod this.

- Come on, girl.

- What's going on?

Come on.

What, you mean apart from you wearing mascara?

Eh? Poncey actors getting dressed up as birds!

Weird job for a man, that, if you ask me.

Well, no one's asking you, are they?

Anyway, I'm not playing a bird.

I'm playing a nurse in an Alan Bleasdale play.

- Shut up, you knobhead.

- Joseph, enough!

Ma, you sound stressed.

- What's going on?

- Well...

I've just been reliably informed, by looking at the bloody tickets,

that there's a 24-hour stopover in Manila when we fly back from Australia.

Well, what's wrong with that?

Manila's nice, isn't it?

- Yeah, it's lovely.

- No, Peter, it is not nice.

I'll have just said goodbye to your brother Billy for maybe the last time.

- Don't start, Ma.

- Don't be daft.

No, no, you two don't be daft.

I won't be going back all that way again.

And our Billy won't be coming back to Liverpool ever.

So, yeah, probably the last time I'll see him before I leave this world.

The last time.

And I'll be thinking about that, I know I will,

and I don't want to be thinking about it on a bloody 24-hour stopover in Manila.

Well, go on. He's waiting.

This is Peter Turner.

OK, Lancaster Hotel.

We'll be there as soon as we can.

I don't even know where the bloody place is.

Ma, you're stressed cos it's your first time on an aeroplane and that.

It'll be fine.

Come here, come here.

It's all right.

- God, I've missed them.

- I know you have.

I know you have. We all have, you know.

All bloody heartbreakers, the lot of you.

They don't tell you that when your legs are laced up in stirrups.

It's the Lancaster Theatre.

- Some director on the phone for you.

- You what?

Saying something about your Gloria.

She's ill or something.

Why didn't you tell me you were in England?

Please don't be angry.

You've been 60 miles away and you couldn't pick up a phone?

And now I hear you're ill.

I just have gas, that's all.

It's just gas.

That's not what they said on the phone.

Have you been to a hospital?

Yes, and I left.

- The doctors there got me like this.

- If you're still not feeling right,

don't you think you should go back so someone can see you?

I don't wanna go back.

I just wanna see your mom.

Gloria, it's Peter.

It's open.

Oh, could you turn that off, please?

Could you take me to your house, Peter?

Bella could take care of me.

Could you take me to Liverpool?

I could get better there.

I mean, do you really think that's a good idea?

I mean, me and you?

Mind your head.


- OK?

- Yeah.


- Gloria, love.

- Oh...

- How are you?

- Oh, I'm OK.

Or I will be.

I said she could stay with us, Ma, just till she feels better.

- Yeah, of course she can.

- Oh, this won't be for long.

Well, you can stay as long as you want, my love.

I've really missed you.

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Matt Greenhalgh

Matthew Greenhalgh (born 1972) is an English screenwriter from Manchester, England. He is best known for writing the screenplay to the film Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, which earned him a BAFTA Award nomination Best Adapted Screenplay. more…

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