Liverpool, 1979: What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the one person Gloria allows herself to turn to for comfort and strength. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control. Gloria Grahame was the Hollywood leading lady at the heart of several 1950s hit films including The Big Heat and Oklahoma!. She won the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Bad and the Beautiful.


An interesting if somewhat underwhelming biopic of an actress that whilst big in her day has pretty much drifted into obscurity.

Annette Benning is good as the ageing actress whilst Jamie Bell, giving one of his best on screen performances, proves that there’s more to him than just Billy Elliot.

In a week where Justice League has been released in the UK it’s hard to see this finding an audience among younger film goers, but anyone of a more mature age, especially if they are aware of the actresses work, will be more than entertained by this sad tale of how Gloria Grahame, once one of Hollywood’s brightest stars, came to find happiness in Liverpool.

Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool (15)

1h 45m

Director: Paul McGuigan
: Jamie Bell, Annette Bening, Vanessa Redgrave

UK Release: Thursday 16th November 2017

Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool - "Elvis Costello" Clip

Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool - "Anette On Gloria" Clip