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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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Miss Mackay
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Monica
Lavinia Lang ...
Emily Carstairs
Antoinette Biggerstaff ...
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Miss McKenzie
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Miss Lockhart
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Molly Weir ...
Miss Allison Kerr
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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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In the surprising world of Jean Brodie, there were two men and four girls. See more »

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27 June 1969 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A Primavera de uma Solteirona  »

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The original play was offered to Maggie Smith first. Because of film commitments she declined and Vanessa Redgrave played Miss Brodie on stage. However, when the movie was being made, the role of Miss Brodie was offered to Redgrave first. This time, she had prior commitments and declined and Maggie Smith took the role, offered her originally, and won an Oscar for playing it. According to director Ronald Neame, Redgrave phoned him saying that she refused to repeat that 'proto-Facist part.' Neame claims he was relieved because he didn't want to use her anyway. See more »

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When Mr. Lloyd spies Ms. Brodie and the girls from his studio window he is seen wearing dark brown pants. He rushes from the room. When he emerges on the street he is wearing light colored pants. See more »

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[first lines]
Gordon Lowther: Morning girls. Good Morning.
Sandy: There's Miss Brodie!
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Loch Lomand
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Traditional Scottish folk song
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Incredible!
10 July 2004 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

Maggie Smith, a true thespian treasure, shows her stuff in this delightful 1969 film. As Miss Jean Brodie, a teacher in her prime, she leads her young girls at Marcia Blaine school into the stories behind the story. Described as "extreme", Miss Jean Brodie is beyond description. Her movements, costumes and views are so unique that she seems to be the only light source in the movie.

This one film will make you a Maggie Smith aficionado for life. She has many movies to her credit, and her appearance in "Travels With My Aunt" rivals this movie for eccentricity and skill.

Be sure and watch for the recitation of a "love letter" composed by Miss Brodie's set. The headmistress is shocked by the tone of the letter, clearly a collaboration, and the outcome is truly funny.


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