Educating Rita (1983)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  21 September 1983 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 9,443 users   Metascore: 52/100
Reviews: 67 user | 21 critic | 9 from

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 »



0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Alfie (1966)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An unrepentant ladies' man gradually begins to understand the consequences of his lifestyle.

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Shirley's a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg, wondering what happened to her life. She compares scenes in ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Pauline Collins, Tom Conti, Julia McKenzie
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In London, a counter espionage agent deals with his own bureaucracy while investigating the kidnapping and brainwashing of British scientists.

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Guy Doleman
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam.

Director: Peter Collinson
Stars: Michael Caine, Noël Coward, Benny Hill
Sleuth (1972)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Alec Cawthorne
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An older British reporter vies with a young U.S. doctor for the affections of a beautiful Vietnamese woman.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Do Thi Hai Yen
Little Voice (1998)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The pathetically shy LV lives the life of a recluse listening to her late father's old records in her room and in the process driving her abusive, loud-mouthed mother, Mari Hoff, to ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Herman
Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Jane Horrocks, Michael Caine
Get Carter (1971)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate.

Director: Mike Hodges
Stars: Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A German plot to kidnap Winston Churchill unfolds at the height of World War II.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Michael Caine
Gambit (1966)
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An English cat burglar needs a Eurasian dancer's help to pull off the perfect heist, but even the most foolproof schemes have a way of backfiring.

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine, Herbert Lom
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Two British soldiers in India decide to resign from the Army and set themselves up as deities in Kafiristan--a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander.

Director: John Huston
Stars: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer


Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Williams ...
Jeananne Crowley ...
Godfrey Quigley ...
Patrick Daly ...
Bursar (as Pat Daly)
Kim Fortune ...
Tiger (as Philip Hurdwood)
Hilary Reynolds ...
Jack Walsh ...
Christopher Casson ...
Rosamund Burton ...


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A comedy about a teacher and a very memorable student [Video Australia] See more »


Comedy | Drama


PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

21 September 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Educando a Rita  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The wording on the engraved pen that was a gift from Rita (Julie Walters) to Frank (Michael Caine) read: "Must only be used for poetry by strictest order - RITA". See more »


When Rita tells Frank that she will get her own flat, her position next to the table, and the way she holds her cigarette, change between shots. See more »


[first lines]
[Frank walks on campus and addresses some students]
Dr. Frank Bryant: Good afternoon.
See more »


Referenced in Lizzie McGuire: Educating Ethan (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An Excellent Character Study
14 August 1999 | by (Tacoma, Washington) – See all my reviews

"Educating Rita", directed by Lewis Gilbert, is an overlooked gem of a film. I first saw this film in 1984, a year after it's release, and since have championed it as one of the best romances ever made.

Based on a London stage play, "Educating Rita" is the story of a twenty seven year old middle class London hairdresser/housewife (Julie Walters, in an excellent performance) who, before having children, would like very much to learn about herself. Much to the annoyance of her husband, she enrolls in an "open university" literature course to begin her journey (open university is the British term for college night courses). Assigned as her tutor is Frank (Michael Caine, in one of his best roles), an older literature professor who suffers from low self esteem and has his own relationship problems.

Had this film been made in the machine that is Hollywood, USA, Rita and Frank would have slept together within two scenes of meeting each other (and it would have been graphic, of course), then realized they were in love, followed by the inevitable obstacle to their relationship (probably a misunderstanding or rival for affections), finally ending up with them overcoming all. Every character and plot point would have been telegraphed well in advance. "Educating Rita" does none of this. There are no graphic sex scenes (or any sex scenes for that matter), no grand pronouncements of love, no cliche cliffhangers or deaths in icy seas. Instead, the story portrays Rita and Frank in a very realistic, human manner. As the story unfolds, we watch as they grow as individuals which causes their friendship to become richer. There are turns to the plot which are unexpected. I will not divulge what the end result is, as it is very unconventional and is sure to bring a lump to the throat of any romantic.

In all, "Educating Rita" is a very overlooked excellent character study framed by a wonderful story. When in the mood to watch a romantic film or two, forget "Titanic" and rent "Educating Rita" and "An Officer and a Gentleman".

43 of 52 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
has anyone read it? belficat
Movies like this ajcayas
Big name actress? Audiofilly_goes_to_the_movies
what is the song they sing in the pub? marwans07
Appreciating this movie Ghislaine-Laure
Disco music JesAceves
Discuss Educating Rita (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: