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My Week with Marilyn (2011)

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Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).

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Simon Curtis

Writers:

Adrian Hodges (screenplay), Colin Clark (books)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 59 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Williams ... Marilyn Monroe
Eddie Redmayne ... Colin Clark
Julia Ormond ... Vivien Leigh
Kenneth Branagh ... Sir Laurence Olivier
Pip Torrens ... Sir Kenneth Clark
Geraldine Somerville ... Lady Jane Clark
Michael Kitchen ... Hugh Perceval
Miranda Raison ... Vanessa
Karl Moffatt ... Jack Cardiff
Simon Russell Beale ... Cotes-Preedy
Toby Jones ... Arthur Jacobs
Robert Portal ... David Orton
Philip Jackson ... Roger Smith
Jim Carter ... Barry
Victor McGuire ... Andy
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Storyline

Sir Laurence Olivier is making a movie in London. Young Colin Clark, an eager film student, wants to be involved and he navigates himself a job on the set. When movie star Marilyn Monroe arrives for the start of shooting, all of London is excited to see the blonde bombshell, while Olivier is struggling to meet her many demands and acting ineptness, and Colin is intrigued by her. Colin's intrigue is met when Marilyn invites him into her inner world where she struggles with her fame, her beauty, and her desire to be a great actress. Written by napierslogs

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi semana con Marilyn See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP6,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,750,507, 27 November 2011

Gross USA:

$14,600,347

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,057,696
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Catherine Zeta-Jones was approached to play Vivien Leigh, but declined in favor of spending time with ailing husband Michael Douglas. After she dropped out of the movie, Rachel Weisz was considered to replace her. However, she was filming three movies back-to-back-to-back at the time: To the Wonder (2012), Your Sister's Sister (2011), and The Deep Blue Sea (2011). So Julia Ormond was cast instead. Weisz, in fact, ended up not being able to shoot Your Sister's Sister (2011). See more »

Goofs

On Colin and Lucy's first date (dancing in the nightclub), the image is briefly transposed (seen in the musicians' positions on the stage and the bassist's temporary left-handedness). See more »

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[first lines]
Title Card: In 1956, at the height of her career, Marilyn Monroe went to England to make a film with Sir Laurence Olivier. While there she met a young man named Colin Clark, who wrote a diary about the making of the film. This is their true story.
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Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

That Old Black Magic
Performed by Michelle Williams
Words and Music by Johnny Mercer/Harold Arlen
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Courtesy of The Weinstein Company
Arranged and Produced by David Krane
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Carefully Crafted Historically
13 December 2011 | by kattegatSee all my reviews

"My Week with Marilyn" is entertaining and sufficiently well done to interest anyone who remembers her story. But those who have some exposure to the literature she has generated should be impressed by the way the film manages to represent so many of the very different views there are about her. Was she a smart, predatory woman in control of her persona and milking it for all she could get? The sad addicted victim of her handlers? An ordinary woman looking for love and happiness derailed by her own star quality? The movie represents all of these views and refuses to settle the question. The writer and director are to be congratulated for resisting the temptation to come down on a particular view.


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