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Educating Rita (1983)

 -  Drama | Comedy  -  21 September 1983 (USA)
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A young wife decides to complete her education and take her exams. She meets a professor who teaches her to value her own insights while still being able to beat the exams. The change in ... See full summary »

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Rita Susan White
Michael Williams ...
Brian
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Trish
Jeananne Crowley ...
Julia
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Denny
Godfrey Quigley ...
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Elaine
Patrick Daly ...
Bursar (as Pat Daly)
Kim Fortune ...
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Tiger (as Philip Hurdwood)
Hilary Reynolds ...
Lesley
Jack Walsh ...
Price
Christopher Casson ...
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Rosamund Burton ...
Denise
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A young wife decides to complete her education and take her exams. She meets a professor who teaches her to value her own insights while still being able to beat the exams. The change in her status causes friction between her and her husband. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Frank Bryant is a professor of literature. And Rita is his newest student. A hairdresser who thinks Macbeth runs the local pub. And Hamlet is a plate of eggs with cheese. He's a failed writer who has given up on his life. She's determined to change hers by getting an education. And the more she loves to learn. The more he learns how to love. See more »

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Educando a Rita  »

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The Willy Russell play on which the film was based only featured Frank and Rita and was set entirely in Frank's office. The other characters in the film are only mentioned in the play. See more »

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When Rita oils Frank's door, the position of her bag on her back changes between shots. See more »

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[first lines]
[Frank walks on campus and addresses some students]
Dr. Frank Bryant: Good afternoon.
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Referenced in The King of Queens: Educating Doug (1998) See more »

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Can't Get It Out of My Head
16 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Whatever its faults and flaws might be, I've never been able - or wanted to - get 'Educating Rita' out of my head. What makes it so memorable, such a touchstone? Is it Julie Walters's expressive face? Is it Michael Caine's professor being chivvied from his sodden rut by the pixilated yet determined Rita? Is it the wit and good humor and Rational-enquiry-and-argument-as-drama of the screenplay? Is it the dated electronic score that somehow dates the film but not its cerebral or emotional impact? Truth is I don't know what makes 'Educating Rita' so memorable for me - in my head scenes and snippets of this film just pop up and play whenever they've a mind to! - and perhaps that's what makes this film exemplary as movie magic. It deserved and deserves more viewers - whether or not they'll like isn't important: as Rita/Susan says, she now has "choices" - and in my head when its scenes play I can't help giving it unending applause.


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