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Director:
Writers:
Muriel Spark (adapted from the novel by)
Jay Presson Allen (based on the play by)
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Release Date:
27 June 1969 (West Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
In the surprising world of Jean Brodie, there were two men and four girls. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 7 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Prof. McGonagall, is that ... you? See more (73 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Maggie Smith ... Jean Brodie

Robert Stephens ... Teddy Lloyd

Pamela Franklin ... Sandy

Gordon Jackson ... Gordon Lowther
Celia Johnson ... Miss Mackay

Diane Grayson ... Jenny

Jane Carr ... Mary McGregor

Shirley Steedman ... Monica
Lavinia Lang ... Emily Carstairs
Antoinette Biggerstaff ... Helen McPhee
Margo Cunningham ... Miss Campbell
Isla Cameron ... Miss McKenzie
Rona Anderson ... Miss Lockhart
Ann Way ... Miss Gaunt
Molly Weir ... Miss Allison Kerr
Helena Gloag ... Miss Kerr (as Helena Cloag)
John Dunbar ... Mr Burrage
Heather Seymour ... Clara
Lesley Paterson ... Prefect (as Leslie Patterson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephanie Muldenhall ... Child (uncredited)
Helen Worth ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)

Directed by
Ronald Neame 
 
Writing credits
Muriel Spark (adapted from the novel by)

Jay Presson Allen (based on the play by)

Jay Presson Allen (screenplay)

Produced by
James Cresson .... co-producer
Robert Fryer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Rod McKuen (original music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Ted Moore (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Norman Savage 
 
Casting by
Anne Donne  (as Ann Donne)
 
Production Design by
John Howell 
 
Art Direction by
Brian Herbert 
 
Costume Design by
Joan Bridge (colour costume design)
Elizabeth Haffenden (colour costume design)
 
Makeup Department
Ernest Gasser .... chief makeup (as Ernie Gasser)
Patricia McDermott .... hairdresser (as Patricia McDermot)
 
Production Management
David C. Anderson .... production supervisor (as David Anderson)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Sturgis .... assistant director
Roger Simons .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Pamela Cornell .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Jock May .... sound mixer
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist (as Gordon McCallum)
Winston Ryder .... sound editor
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Charlie McFadden .... boom operator (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Kindred .... camera operator (as Robert Kindred)
Mike Roberts .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jackie Cummins .... wardrobe supervisor (as Jackie Cummings)
 
Editorial Department
Jan Yarbrough .... digital intermediate colorist (2012 restoration)
Orven Schanzer .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arthur Greenslade .... conducted by
Arthur Greenslade .... music arranged by
Arthur Greenslade .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Donald Albery .... stage producer: Great Britain
Annabel Davis-Goff .... continuity
Robert W. Dowling .... produced in association with: on Broadway
Margaret Gordon .... dialogue coach
Lorna Rhind .... location adviser
Robert Whitehead .... stage producer: Broadway
Alex Carver-Hill .... location manager (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
116 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2010) | USA:PG (certificate #21922) | USA:M (original rating)

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Trivia:
20th Century Fox wanted Audrey Hepburn to star.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The telephone on Miss McKay's desk is from the 1940. The transmitter (what you talk into) would have been different, and the dial would have been plain black instead of stainless steel in 1932.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Gordon Lowther:Morning girls. Good Morning.
Sandy:There's Miss Brodie!
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Soundtrack:
For He's a Jolly Good FellowSee more »

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27 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Prof. McGonagall, is that ... you?, 28 November 2007
Author: crescentaluna from Portland, Or

Just watched it for the third time in as many days. Oh, Edingurgh looks gorgeous, and so does Dame Maggie. I admit to knowing very little about her, but this role alone would make me a lifetime fan.

Rather than another summary and interpretation I want to riff on a few seemingly random points ...

1) The costumes. Fabulous, fabulous period costumes. The grey of the "gehrls" ... all those pleated skirts and dropped waists! Sandy's little gingham number! The bloomers ... oh, how sweet those bloomers were (and I mean nothing perverse by that, I just thought they were cute, and I'll own up to always wondering what was under those '30s skirts). The school uniforms, the effect of the repetition on that gray, gray, gray, and those tidy peter-pan collared shirts: you could easily see why Miss Brodie fancied herself a bit of a Duce herself, she seemed to be surrounded by a uniformed army. And then ... against the greys of the girls, the greys, whites and blacks of the staff -- wonderful houndstooths and glen plaids, especially on the headmistress -- Miss Brodie, impossibly slim and hipless, in radiant plums, flame colors, paisleys and asymmetrical jackets. If only I could have a tailor like that. It worked, it absolutely works still: it doesn't look a bit garish, as so many Technicolor extravaganzas can.

2) Miss Brodie's blindness to who Sandy really is - her insensitivity to her; going on about how "ordinary morals will not apply" to the allegedly-beautiful girl (well, she's blonde anyway) while failing to look beneath the glasses of the real stunner, Sandy. Who with the slightest bit of knowledge about pre-teen girls would do that - harp on a friend's beauty and negligently add, "Oh, but you have insight, dear"? The whole set-up: Sandy's elevated to a peer-like relationship, Sandy's confided in, yet Sandy is only a mirror for Jean, not valued, not truly noticed. I believe that's the dynamic - almost like a neglected lover's - that triggers Sandy's betrayal.

3) Sandy, and her amazing transformation. My jaw actually dropped when we saw her with the painter: did they film over a period of years, I wondered? How could that little girl be THIS young woman? Going back and watching - the schoolgirl uniform, the tousled short hair, the whole expression, look in the eyes, everything. The over-sized glasses. The most convincing precocious-12-year-old performance. And then - pow, an adult! all without CGI. That was impressive.

4) The giggling and sexually curious girls. Hey, I do remember being 12, and yeah, it was like that!

5) That incredible dance scene, the 2 girls tangoing while speculating on "doing it." Fantastic blocking. And funny, and charming as hell. I especially like Sandy's aggressive cranking of the Victrola.

I personally detested the painter - the whole notion of the father of 6 tomcatting about, well, yuck - and his manhandling of the ladies is simply vile. But those were the times, I suppose. The headmistress was sublime. The overall look is artful but not overdone and all perfectly unified and beautiful. Enjoy - I certainly have!

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