Shirley Valentine ★★★ 1989
A lively middleaged English housewife gets a new lease on life when she travels to Greece without her husband. Collins reprises her London and Broadway stage triumph. The character frequently addresses the audience directly to explain her thoughts and feelings; her energy and spunk carry the day. Good script by Russell from his play. From the people who brought us “Educating Rita.” 108m/C VHS, DVD . GB Pauline Collins, Tom Conti, Alison Steadman, Julia McKenzie, Joanna Lumley, Bernard Hill, Sylvia Syms; D: Lewis Gilbert; W: George Hadjinassios, Willy Russell; C: Alan Hume; M: Willy Russell. British Acad. '89: Actress (Collins).