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The real Peter Turner, on whose memoir this is based, appears in the role of 'Jack'.
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Before Annette Bening depicted Gloria Grahame in this film, she had used Grahame's performance in The Big Heat (1953) as an inspiration for her own depiction of a femme fatale in The Grifters (1990).
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Annette Bening had the rare opportunity to meet with actress Terry Moore, an old friend of Gloria Grahame who played her stepmother in Man on a Tightrope (1953). Moore and Grahame had both attended the Academy Awards on the night Moore was nominated for Come Back, Little Sheba (1952) and Grahame won for The Bad and the Beautiful (1952). Annette was able to learn that Grahame was quite a private person who'd never discuss her husband or family life in general. She was also so stubborn that director Elia Kazan only managed to get her to weep for a scene in 'Tightrope' by telling her that co-star Moore was a better actress.
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Annette Bening was 59 years old at the time of this film's release, making her two years older than Gloria Grahame was when she died.
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Unusual for this sort of biopic, the vintage clips feature the real Gloria Grahame, rather than matting Annette Bening into them, as is more common these days.
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When Gloria Grahame and Peter Turner are sunbathing in Central Park, Gloria suggests they live together. Peter replies "I think I'm just a boy who can't say no." In the 1955 movie Oklahoma! (1955), the real Gloria Grahame, as Ado Annie, sang "I Cain't Say No" where the lyrics includes "I'm Just a Girl Who Cain't Say No" in two places.
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This is the third non-James Bond movie produced by Eon Productions. The others are Call Me Bwana (1963) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968).
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Vanessa Redgrave; one BAFTA winner: Jamie Bell; and two Oscar nominees: Annette Bening and Julie Walters.
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Julie Walters suggested herself as a possible female villain in No Time to Die (2020), while working with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli on this film. Walters, admittedly, haven't heard back as of July 2017.
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The Shakespeare at the very end of the film is Romeo and Juliet ( Act 1 sc 5)
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The film's premiere was at TIFF in Toronto in September 2017.
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There is a 28 year age gap between costars Annette Benning and Jamie Bell.
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