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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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Celia Johnson ...
Miss Mackay
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Monica
Lavinia Lang ...
Emily Carstairs
Antoinette Biggerstaff ...
Helen McPhee
Margo Cunningham ...
Isla Cameron ...
Miss McKenzie
Rona Anderson ...
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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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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27 June 1969 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A Primavera de uma Solteirona  »

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Seventy-five girls were needed for the film, and about 500 showed when auditions were held in London. Faced with such an overwhelming number, the director's assistant separated the girls into more manageable groups of twenty. The director then asked each girl to giggle, and he made his selections based on how well the girls could do so. See more »

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The very first shot of the film shows the Edinburgh skyline, with a caption stating that it's 1932. But clearly visible in the centre of frame is the white cube of the (now demolished) Goldberg's department store, which was built in the early 1960s. See more »

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[first lines]
Gordon Lowther: Morning girls. Good Morning.
Sandy: There's Miss Brodie!
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Referenced in M*A*S*H: Welcome to Korea (1975) See more »

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(1969) (uncredited)
Written and Performed by Rod McKuen
Played often in the score
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Brilliant film, incredible performance
27 February 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Beautifully filmed and acted by all the performers, this is a knock-out film. Maggie Smith is incredible right down to her Morningside accent. The other players hold their own against her powerhouse performance. The Edinburgh locations are great and the film has a remarkably nostalgic quality that reflects Brodie's romanticism. A beautiful Rod McKuen score as well! A must see film. An interesting comparison can be made with Dead Poet's Society, which has a male teacher in an all male school (compared to a female teacher in an all girl's school). In Brodie, unorthodox irresponsible teaching is condemned while in Dead Poet's Society it is valorized. In both the teaching methods bring about the death of a student and the school's reaction is similar. The film makers, however, come down on opposite sides in their attitudes toward the teachers


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