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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  27 June 1969 (West Germany)
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A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Celia Johnson ...
Miss Mackay
Lavinia Lang ...
Emily Carstairs
Antoinette Biggerstaff ...
Helen McPhee
Margo Cunningham ...
Isla Cameron ...
Miss McKenzie
Rona Anderson ...
Miss Lockhart
Ann Way ...
Molly Weir ...
Miss Allison Kerr


A liberated young schoolteacher at an Edinburgh girls' school in the period between the two wars, instructs her girls on the ways of life. Ignoring the more mundane subjects, she teaches them of love, politics and art. Her affairs with two male teachers become known and she finds herself fighting to keep her job. She believes that she can always count on the 100% support of her favourite pupils, but one of them does not feel that Miss Jean Brodie is in her "prime" any more. No longer swayed by her teacher's eloquence, she begins to learn about life and love herself. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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Out of one Jean Brodie would come a whole generation of Jean Brodies... experimenting with sex, society and everything else. See more »




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Release Date:

27 June 1969 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A Primavera de uma Solteirona  »

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1.85 : 1
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Rather like Hogwarts, another school created by an Edinburgh based writer, there has been some debate which school Marcia Blane's is based on. Mary Erskine's is commonly cited, but Muriel Spark herself went to James Gillespies, and it is generally accepted that Jean Brodie is partially based on Christina Kay who taught there. People who knew Miss Kay say she was quite different to the character though. See more »


When Jenny and Sandy are toasting bread in the fireplace, they grab the ends of the forks that were in the flames. Of course, these would be too hot to touch. See more »


[first lines]
Gordon Lowther: Morning girls. Good Morning.
Sandy: There's Miss Brodie!
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Featured in Scotland on Screen (2009) See more »


Loch Lomand
Traditional Scottish folk song
Sung off-screen by an unidentified group when the girls are in the library
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Dreams Of "Il Duce"
10 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Maggie Smith is mesmerizing. She paints the blind monstrosity of Miss Jean Brodie in the most recognizable human tones. Robin William's character in "Dead Poet Society" is as irresponsible but doesn't go near as far as this repressed masterpiece of a creature. Her romantic slant towards "Il Duce" and what he represents is at the core of the simple complexity of the character. Maggie's mannerism, now a precious trade mark, belong to Miss Brodie, totally. Her arms, her chin, the turning of her face. Pamela Franlklin is also superb. What a powerful young actress -- Where is she now? -- and Celia Johnson's performance is the icing on the cake of this feast of a movie.

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