Judi Dench-Steve Coogan Film ‘Philomena’ Gets Release Date

'Philomena' Hamptons audience award

The Weinstein Co. pic set for Nov. 22 release in the U.S.

The Weinstein Co. has staked out Nov. 22 for the U.S. release of the Judi Dench-Steve Coogan awards contender “Philomena.”

TWC will open the drama in Los Angeles and New York against Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and Disney’s comedy “Delivery Man” and then expand it on Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving.

Stephen Frears’ film received strong critical support following screenings at the Venice and Toronto festivals. Dench stars in the title role.

SEE ALSO: Film Review: ‘Philomena’

Coogan originated the project after reading an article about the real-life Philomena Lee, who had spent years trying to track down the illegitimate son she’d given up for adoption decades earlier. Coogan wrote the script with Jeff Pope and stars as journalist Martin Sixsmith, who chronicles the search for the son.

Producers are Gabrielle Tana, Coogan and Tracey Seaward.

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  1. Larry Dell says:

    I urge everyone to see this film. And Dave thanks for writing about it. But I urge you to remove the characterization of the son as illegitimate from any subsequent stories. He was given up for adoption, not illegitimate. It’s a very important distinction.
    Larry Dell

    • roz says:

      Adoption is such a clean term that removes the distinction of our illegitimacy and “shameful” origins. It is the reason we were torn from our natural mothers. Don’t clean it up! It makes the real bastards able to hide in the illusion of goodness and caring.

  2. Alexandra says:

    Saw this movie at Mill Valley Film Festival and it is heartwarming and heart wrenching and wonderful. A must see.

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