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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 increasingly depressed, seeking solace in whisky. Bryant's domestic turmoil is mirrored by Rita's, as she has opted for college over motherhood, a source of friction between her and her husband. As Rita blooms intellectually under the tutelage of Bryant, she realizes that what she really lacks is self-confidence, not education, and a gentle romance blossoms between her and Bryant. At home, however, Rita's newfound self-respect and intelligence cause her even greater pain. Director Lewis Gilbert and writer Russell teamed again six years later on the similarly-themed Shirley Valentine (1989).

Cast

Michael Caine
as Dr. Frank Bryant
Julie Walters
as Rita / Susan
Godfrey Quigley
as Rita's Father
Pat Daly
as Bursar
Kim Fortune
as Collins
Mark Drew
as Disco Manager
Des Nealon
as Invigilator
Marie Conmee
as Customer in Hairdresser's
Derry Power
as Photographer
Alan Stanford
as Bistro Manager
Gerry Sullivan
as Security Officer
Patricia Jeffares
as Rita's Mother
Liam Stack
as Sandra's Fiance
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Critic Reviews for Educating Rita

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

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

Full Review… | November 6, 2007
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.

Full Review… | January 21, 2006
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review… | December 3, 2005
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.

Full Review… | August 31, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Educating Rita

½

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.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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

jay nixon
jay nixon

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