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Movie Info

Rita (Julie Walters), a married hair stylist in her 20s, wants to go back to school. She begins studying with Dr. Bryant (Michael Caine), a professor using alcohol to cope with his divorce. Despite his personal problems, Dr. Bryant helps Rita realize her academic potential. In turn, her passion for learning revitalizes his love of teaching. However, when Rita's blue-collar spouse learns that his wife is more interested in education than homemaking, he becomes frustrated by her independence.

Cast & Crew

Michael Caine
Dr. Frank Bryant
Julie Walters
Rita, aka Susan
Michael Williams
Brian
Malcolm Douglas
Denny
Godfrey Quigley
Rita's Father
Herbert L. Oakes
Executive Producer
Stephen Gilbert
Original Music
David Hentschel
Original Music
Frank Watts
Cinematographer
Garth Craven
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Critic Reviews for Educating Rita

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (3)

Audience Reviews for Educating Rita

  • Apr 09, 2021
    George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion gets a modern era redo in this capable personality vehicle for it's leads; Michael Caine and Julie Walters. It's she that desires a higher education "to better herself" in this version which highlights changing attitudes since Shaw first presented his "scandalous" ideas about women's liberation, not him. And he...he may not be so sure as to whether societal advancement is worth the bother. The film only teases at a romance, and is more a commentary about social change since Victorian times, howbeit entertaining presented.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2014
    The intimacy of the play is ruined by the film's worthless expansion of it's world (who cares about anyone else except for Rita and Frank?) so even though Walters and Caine give excellent performances all of the potentially interesting themes get lost in boring secondary material.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2013
    Call this the poor man's Pygmalion. Michael Caine and Julie Walters don't do anything offensive but nor do they particularly soar. You watch it, shrug and carry on.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2013
    At heart it's an exhibition piece for the two leads and they do not disappoint. The score is ear-achingly bad though.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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