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Stevie (1978)

This biographical film has Glenda Jackson portraying a British poet with emotional problems.


Robert Enders


Hugh Whitemore (screenplay), Hugh Whitemore (based on his play) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Glenda Jackson ... Stevie
Mona Washbourne ... Aunt
Alec McCowen ... Freddy
Trevor Howard ... The Man
Emma Louise Fox Emma Louise Fox ... Stevie As Child
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This movie portrays British poet/author Stevie Smith and her life with her beloved aunt through direct dialogue with the audience by Stevie, as well as flashbacks, and narration by a friend. The movie mainly focuses on her relationship with her aunt, romantic relationships of the past, and the fame she received late in her life. Written by Stacia Kissick <srm12@ksu.ksu.edu>

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She inspired a whole generation.


Biography | Drama


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Did You Know?


The film was given a very limited release in the USA in late 1978, but only on the West Coast. Over two years later, it was shown theatrically on the East Coast and proved a big hit with critics, going on to win many awards, including 2 acting awards from the New York Film Critics. See more »


Stevie Smith: Agatha Christie is so deadly serious in English... but in French, she's so delightfully funny! Je m'apelle Hercule Poirot, un detective. Her murders are so polite!
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Featured in At the Movies: Winners That Were Losers (1983) See more »

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Great actors do not a great film make!
16 April 2001 | by bobj-3See all my reviews

This is an appallingly boring film. Perhaps it was an interesting stage play...I don't know. But it doesn't work as a film because there is virtually nothing cinematic about it. It remains confined largely within the dimensions of a stage set (there is really only one set, a shabby-genteel apartment where "Stevie" (the real-life poet Stevie Smith) lives with her long-suffering aunt (played by Mona Washbourne). Stevie, you see, has problems---emotional problems, problems with her "muse," problems living with her dependent aunt, problems with lovers (one of them, Trevor Howard, bears the enigmatic name of "The Man.") And Stevie TALKS...all the time, a constant stream of arty, supposedly meaningful, but utterly self-indulgent jabber. Glenda Jackson plays "Stevie,"...she really liked talky parts, it would seem. This one fits her like a glove. She, Howard, Washbourne, and Alec McCowen are four of the finest actors Britain has produced. Yet they wallow in this mess for what seems like days (the film actually only runs a bit over the usual 90 minutes). Steer clear of this deadly dull bio-pic, unless you just can't do without the poetry and posturings of Stevie Smith, or you absolutely must see the entire "oeuvre" of Glenda Jackson, M.P.

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19 April 1979 (Argentina) See more »

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A Incrível Stevie See more »

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