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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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Godfrey Quigley ...
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Elaine
Patrick Daly ...
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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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A comedy about a teacher and a very memorable student [Video Australia] See more »

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Educando a Rita  »

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Julie Walters' feature debut. Michael Caine was extremely impressed with her performance because even though she had never acted in a film before, he thought she was a natural. See more »

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When Rita first enters her shared flat, a record is playing on the turntable. The needle is extremely close to the end of the record, yet the song continues playing in the background for at least another two minutes with no sign of stopping. 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 Cybill: Educating Zoey (1996) See more »

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singing a better song
2 February 2004 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

What a novel concept - a college movie that isn't about frat parties! Since "Educating Rita" is one of the only movies which explores the true value of schooling, it remains close to this nerd's heart. In fact, in a rather weird conjunction with "Rocky," it inspired me to leave my lousy office job and get a graduate degree - to better meself, as Rita might say.

What are the criticisms here - too long, too stagey, silly synth music? This is not my idea of a slow movie. I like the characters enough to stick with them, even if they aren't...well...moving around much! Surely their personal conflicts are interesting enough to keep me watching, even in the absence of car chases and explosions.

Walters and Caine are likable, the message is empowering (but realistic - Rita really suffers when she tries to change her life), and, just for a change, alcoholism is treated as a serious problem. Is it too sentimental? Well, I always cry. Or at least sniffle. I think that means the movie is moving, rather than sentimental.

Enough defensiveness - this movie is lovely! Where's the American DVD release, then?


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