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PG-13| 1 hr. 37 min.

Plot Summary
In 1952, Irish teenager Philomena (Judi Dench) became pregnant out of wedlock and was sent to a convent. When her baby, Anthony, was a toddler, the nuns took Philomena's child away from her and put him up for adoption in the United States. For the next 50 years, she searched tirelessly for her son. When former BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) learns of the story, he becomes her ally. They travel together to America to find Anthony and become unexpectedly close in the process.

Cast: Judi Dench , Steve Coogan , Michelle Fairley , Barbara Jefford , Anna Maxwell Martin , Mare Winningham , Sophie Kennedy Clark , Peter Hermann

Director: Stephen Frears

Genres: Docudrama

Distributor: Weinstein Co.

Philomena (2013)

Release Date: November 22nd, 2013|1 hr. 37 min.

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fan reviews ( 35 )
  • It's Dench, showing how faith and hellraising can reside in the same woman, who makes Philomena moving and memorable. show more

  • Philomena is a wiser movie than it seems, with much to say about justice and forgiveness and the healing of wounds over time. Actually, it says next to nothing about any of those things, just implies its messages with a light hand. show more

  • Mr. Coogan, lavishly talented as a comic, and a comic actor, is fairly monotonous in the mostly serious role he wrote for himself. That leaves Ms. Dench to carry the picture, which she does, up to a point, with her usual delicacy and grace. show more

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  • May 02, 2014 jacquejo
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    Judi Dench is very special

  • March 08, 2014 citibigbucks
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    AS usual, short review. Great acting,great photography, but alas,the story is boring. Two stars.

  • February 25, 2014 ssass3101
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    Great Movie!

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New DVD Blu-ray: 'Philomena,' 'Ride Along,' 'The Nut Job'

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Jenni Miller on April 15, 2014

The Weinstein Co. Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week "Philomena" What's It About? Judi Dench stars as an Irish woman who wants to find the son she gave birth to as a teen sent to live in a convent; S...

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Jenni Miller on November 20, 2013

John Sciulli/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company Steve Coogan is perhaps best known in the UK for his character Alan Partridge, a goofy DJ and TV personality billed as "Norwich's favourite chat s...

Firefighters Serenade Judi Dench in London

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The Associated Press on October 16, 2013

Joel Ryan/Invision/AP LONDON (AP) - Judi Dench has been serenaded by firefighters as she arrived for the London premiere of her latest film. Dench walked the red carpet in Leicester Square Wedn...

The 'Philomena' Trailer Will Make You Laugh, Break Your Heart (VIDEO)

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