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Song for Marion [Blu-ray]

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Product details

  • Actors: Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston, Vanessa Redgrave, Anne Reid, Terrence Stamp
  • Directors: Paul Andrew Williams
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BK836DO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,642 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Song for Marion is a heartwarming comedic drama following shy, grumpy pensioner Arthur as he is reluctantly inspired by his beloved wife Marion to join a highly unconventional local choir. At odds with his son James, it is left to charismatic choir director Elizabeth to try and persuade Arthur that he can learn to embrace life. London-set, the story follows Arthur as he embarks on a hilarious, life-affirming journey of musical self-discovery. The superb British cast in Song For Marion is made up of Academy Award Winner VANESSA REDGRAVE (Julia, Atonement, Howard s End), cinema legend TERENCE STAMP (Billy Budd, The Limey, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), GEMMA ARTERTON (Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia, Tamara Drewe) and CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON (Shallow Grave, Elizabeth, Doctor Who).

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A warm antidote to the brash noise and effects over humans approach of a modern day blockbuster movie, Song For Marion is a terrific drama. It has dark moments, moments of real humour, and a broad streak of humanity running right the way through it.

In the central role is Terence Stamp, who plays Arthur, a pensioner with no short of grumpiness to him. But then Song For Marion scratches the surface of that, and questions why. And underneath, there's the story of a man who finds himself struggling to get close to anybody. His wife, played wonderfully by Vanessa Redgrave, is ill, and his son, played by Christopher Eccleston, is distant. So Arthur is ultimately cajoled into joining a local choir, which has unexpected repercussions for him.

Headlined by Stamp, who's magnetic in a nuanced, wonderfully pitched performance, Song For Marion aims at an audience not too far removed from that of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, although tonally it's a slightly different film. But it's just as worthwhile a one, though, thanks to the strong ensemble, diligent work from writer/director Paul Andrew Williams, and a willingness never to talk down to its audience. --Jon Foster

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Alsom on 22 Jun 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Terence Stamp, in a near career-best performance, stars in this heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting film concerning a pensioner who finds difficulty connecting with other people, including his son, Christopher Eccleston. Vanessa Redgrave, in one her best latter day performances, plays Stamp's wife who is dying. Later, after some soul searching, it is through her memory and the gradual guidance of young music teacher, Gemma Arteton, in a lovely performance, that finally draws Stamp out of his shell and take up where his wife left off, performing with a group of musical OAP's. Being receptive to 'gentle entertainment' i found myself totally immersed in what unfolded, and certainly left me in quite a reflective mood. A very down to earth film that draws top performances from it's cast and will be fondly remembered as one of 2013 best offerings.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Bookmark on 22 May 2013
Format: DVD
`Song for Marion' is more than a story of getting older, relationships and facing loss. At a much deeper level it is the exploration of the barriers we sometimes put up to prevent others seeing us as we really are. And very often the person behind the barriers is much nicer than the more troubled person who is conveyed from the front.

In the role of Arthur, Terence Stamp gives new meaning to the term grumpy old man. He is grumpy at so many different levels. Grumpy because he struggles with the inhibitions of enjoying himself; grumpy because he is poor at expressing feelings and maintaining relationships and grumpy because he knows that he is shortly to be abandoned and alone.

The film tells the story of people doing exceptional things: Elizabeth devoting time and energy to doing something worthwhile in the community; Marion determined to fight death and stay positive as long as possible; older people using their energy to enjoy themselves and entertain others and Arthur beginning to understand that family and relationships with others are far more important than he had realised.

It is essentially a message of discovery, realising that we all inhibit ourselves and in so doing prevent others seeing the real person inside. Arthur and Marion clearly have love for each other and they know each other well. Marion knows that if someone or something can break through Arthur's protective barrier, his life after her death and his relationship with his son and granddaughter will be the better for it. So, she contrives to get him involved with the community choir `OAPZ' - Z for street cred!

Despite his strong reluctance he recognises in Elizabeth and the choir, something that is painfully missing in him: the ability to just be himself.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Biro on 14 July 2013
Format: DVD
If films are meant to stir the emotions, then this film should be a huge success. It centres on the stereotypical grumpy old man versus the optimism of youth and how a man's life is changed by the loss of the person he loves the most. The acting is very convincing, particularly from Terence Stamp who should be up for an award for his performance. Buy it. Watch it. Have some tissues ready.
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111 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Sevvysgirl on 27 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
Who needs the likes of Hollywood blockbusters, with all their computerised wizardry, on-screen action and hard-hitting loud music, when you can have this? For this is home-grown sentiment at its very best ... a gem of a little film with superb understated performances from the likes of British acting stalwarts Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave, accompanied by the often over-looked talents of Christopher Eccleson, and the obvious charm of relative newbie Gemma Arterton. This is a very 'un-film-like' film - so much so that, at times, it simply feels like a 'fly-on-the-wall' documentary - almost every scene could be that of the local housing estate anywhere in England -with buildings, a village hall, and indeed the aging community of typical haphazard characters thrown together through their joy of singing. And those at the centre and heart of the story - Marion, her husband - the grumpy but silently-hurting Arthur - and their father-rejected son James and granddaughter Jenny - just any family from the world over. But this is where the film's strength lies - this is real life: with all its heartache, sorrow and vulnerability dolloped out in cold brutality; yet with the warmth of humanity thrown straight back in tender counter-reaction. This is a gentle, touching and wryly humorous look at the effects of illness within the heart of a community and, more especially, of the legacy of strength and love on those left behind. Not a film with massively broad appeal I guess, but one that will perhaps strike a chord with many and certainly stay in the hearts and minds of the sentimental few who have the privilege of seeing it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter J. Regelous on 26 Jun 2013
Format: DVD
My wife and I saw this film when it was first shown at our local cinema. Great storyline, superbly acted and well directed. We're so pleased it's now available on DVD, however, at the moment, our local supermarket is advertising it for sale at £9.00!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MR A G Adcock on 30 April 2014
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This film will make you laugh and cry at the same time. It tackles a topic that far too many people have to deal with in their lives but this films does it beautifully. Also, its British so the humour is natural and does not feel forced in the least. All I can say is watch it and then you will understand.
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