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Educating Rita (1983)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 28 October 1983 (USA)
In London, the twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny. She joins the literature course in an ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tiger (as Philip Hurdwood)
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In London, the twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny. She joins the literature course in an open university and has tutorial with the middle-aged Dr. Frank Bryant that is an alcoholic and deluded professor from the upper-class without self-esteem. Frank lives with the also Professor Julia and they have a loveless relationship; Julia has a love affair with the dean Brian. The amusing Rita gives motivation to Frank to prepare her for the exams to join the university while she leaves Denny and moves to the house of the waitress Trish, who loves Gustav Mahler and is a cult woman. Will she succeed in the exams? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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28 October 1983 (USA)  »

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Educando a Rita  »

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In 2007, whilst promoting Sleuth (2007), Caine called Educating Rita (1983) the last good picture he was in before he mentally retired. See more »


In the sequence leading up to Frank telling Rita that he is an appalling teacher, the way Rita holds the mug of whiskey changes. See more »


[first lines]
[Frank walks on campus and addresses some students]
Dr. Frank Bryant: Good afternoon.
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Referenced in The Nanny: Educating Fran (1997) See more »

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Heart-warming and funny drama
30 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Michael Caine and TV favourite Julie Walters shine wonderfully in this film, which tells the story of 26-year-old Rita (Walters) wanting to discover herself by attending the Open University, where alcohol dependant Dr. Frank Bryant (Caine) is a teacher.

The movie follows these two main characters change and reevaluate their lives for the better through each other. Caine and Walters' chemistry is simply divine, and Maureen Lipman also makes an appearance as over the top and eccentric Trish, who on the outside, is this confident, bubbly woman, but on the inside is hurting badly because of her fears of being alone.

Both Caine and Walters won Best Actor and Best Actress awards for their performances (at the BAFTAs), and the movie itself won Best Film in 1984, and one look at Educating Rita tells you why. It's a film that's simply full of warmth and charm.

A strong British film and the perfect debut for the now legendary Julie Walters.

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