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Girls' Night (1998)

Two British best friends and in-laws Dawn and Jackie work together at a factory. When Dawn is diagnosed with a brain tumor Jackie shares $100,000 she's got from her secret lover with Dawn ... See full summary »

Director:

Nick Hurran

Writer:

Kay Mellor
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Blethyn ... Dawn
Julie Walters ... Jackie
Sue Cleaver ... Rita
Meera Syal ... Carmen
Margo Stanley Margo Stanley ... Irene
Maggie Tagney Maggie Tagney ... Anne Marie
Fine Time Fontayne Fine Time Fontayne ... Ken (as Finetime Fontayne)
Philip Jackson ... Dave
George Costigan ... Steve
Anthony Lewis ... Mathew
Maxine Peake ... Sharon
James Gaddas ... Paul
Penelope Woodman Penelope Woodman ... Christine
Nicholas Lane Nicholas Lane ... Bingo Checker
Bill Rodgers ... Removal Man
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Two British best friends and in-laws Dawn and Jackie work together at a factory. When Dawn is diagnosed with a brain tumor Jackie shares $100,000 she's got from her secret lover with Dawn to fulfil her dream - a visit to Las Vegas. They buy two tickets and fly there.. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Girls' Night - Jetzt oder nie See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Maxine Peake. See more »

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References The Deer Hunter (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Leaving On A Jet Plane
By John Denver
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A Strong Little Film
26 January 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

Though we have seen many such films before, in 'Girl's Night', director Hurran and TV writer Mellor combine several ideas such as financial trouble, sickness, work in a factory, secrets, Las Vegas, marriage, family and of course love and friendship. Though it may seem like too many ideas, it comes together beautifully, resulting in a powerful ending. What makes the film strong is the natural performances by Julie Walters and Brenda Blethyn. Walters shows the growth of her character with élan while Blethyn, though her role is a bit clichéd, plays her part with grace. Their friendship looks very real thanks to the great chemistry between these two terrific actresses. I also liked the sudden shift in location from England to Las Vegas and the contrast between the two cities. The introduction of Kristofferson's character comes as a pleasant surprise and the desert scene that follows brings some colour. I also like how comedy was used in a very subtle way. However, next to being predictable, it is a very sentimental film (which isn't hard to figure given the core subject matter) and in parts resembles a disease-of-the-week TV movie. The supporting cast, that includes some popular names, is wasted. What really elevates it is the strong performances of the two leads. All the moments with Blethyn and Walters and the ending when Walters's character comes to a realization are what make 'Girl's Night' worth the watch.


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