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Educating Rita (1983)

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A trio of Oscar nominations and a pair of Golden Globes went to this acclaimed romantic comedy-drama based on the play by Willy Russell. Julie Walters stars as Rita, a witty, 26-year-old working class British hairdresser who decides to seek an education at Open University. Rita needs a tutor, and she selects Dr. Frank Bryant (Michael Caine), an alcoholic college literature professor whose life is a shambles. Divorced, Bryant's new lover is now having an affair with his best friend and he's

Jan 24, 2006

Columbia Pictures Corporation

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Inspired by Pygmalion and other works about mentor-pupil troubled/rewarding interaction, Lewis Gilbert's film is too theatrical, betraying its origins, but it's elevated by sparkling performances from Michael Caine and paricularly newcomer Julie Walters

November 6, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Michael Caine is perfect.

August 24, 2007
ColeSmithey.com

...a thoughtful thematic treatise on cultivation and learning and a charming character study of two lost souls from different worlds finding a common need in one another.

January 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Lewis Gilbert has taken a two-person play from stage to screen and cracked it open

December 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Comedy with romantic touches that manages to be appealing and moving.

November 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Probes the transformations that take place in the relationship between a rumpled professor and a hairdresser who wants him to tutor her in literature.

August 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Educating Rita

If you are either in college currently or are thinking about going soon, you should see this movie. It's a very thought provoking, realistic, unique movie about education and life. I highly recommend it.
January 14, 2011
ajv2688

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An insightful storyline of education, a merging of classes, pretentious dreams and a meeting of minds.

Educating Rita is a (reasonably) modern day ?My Fair Lady? with character and ambition.

Both main roles interesting and played well by Michael Caine and Julie Walters.

One of the British 80?s greats.
February 2, 2010
76Majikat

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Julie Walters at her best and a great performance from Caine! Lewis Gilbert is often overlooked but has made some great British films!
September 23, 2009
SirPant

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Julie and Caine work very well together in this, she makes Rita's journey a terrific ride.
February 25, 2008
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