• Philomena (2013)


Release Date: November 22nd, 2013

DVD Release Date: April 15th, 2014

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

Production Co: Baby Cow Productions, Magnolia Mae

Keywords: Friendship, Heartwarming, Quest, Love, Gripping, 1950s, 2010s, Emotional

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    The Catholic Church does not come off well in Philomena, but then, what else is new? And the film isn't so much an indictment of institutional unkindness as it is a story of resilience, resolution - and human kindness. show more

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    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

  • 90
    Deborah YoungThe Hollywood Reporter

    Stephen Frears is in full possession of his filmmaking talent in Philomena, one of his most pulled-together dramas in years. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Outstanding British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Leading Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)