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28 October 1983 (USA) See more »
A comedy about a teacher and a very memorable student [Video Australia] See more »
A young wife decides to complete her education and take her exams. She meets a professor who teaches... See more » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Caine ... Dr. Frank Bryant

Julie Walters ... Rita
Michael Williams ... Brian

Maureen Lipman ... Trish
Jeananne Crowley ... Julia

Malcolm Douglas ... Denny
Godfrey Quigley ... Rita's Father

Dearbhla Molloy ... Elaine
Patrick Daly ... Bursar (as Pat Daly)
Kim Fortune ... Collins

Philip Hurd-Wood ... Tiger (as Philip Hurdwood)
Hilary Reynolds ... Lesley
Jack Walsh ... Price
Christopher Casson ... Professor
Rosamund Burton ... Denise
Marcus O'Higgins ... Marcus
Mark Drew ... Disco Manager
Gabrielle Reidy ... Barbara
Des Nealon ... Invigilator
Marie Conmee ... Customer in Hairdressers
Oliver Maguire ... Tutor
Derry Power ... Photographer
Alan Stanford ... Bistro Manager
Gerry Sullivan ... Security Officer
Patricia Jeffares ... Rita's Mother
Maeve Germaine ... Sandra
Liam Stack ... Sandra's Fiancé

Directed by
Lewis Gilbert 
Writing credits
Willy Russell (screenplay)

Willy Russell  play (uncredited)

Produced by
William P. Cartlidge .... co-producer
Lewis Gilbert .... producer
Herbert L. Oakes .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Hentschel 
Cinematography by
Frank Watts (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Garth Craven 
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. 
Nuala Moiselle 
Art Direction by
Maurice Fowler 
Set Decoration by
Josie MacAvin 
Costume Design by
Candy Paterson 
Makeup Department
Patricia McDermott .... key hair stylist
Freddie Williamson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jack Phelan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michel Cheyko .... assistant director
Martin O'Malley .... second assistant director
John G. Phelan .... third assistant director
Art Department
Joe Lee .... construction manager
Sunny Mulligan .... production buyer
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... dubbing mixer
Daniel Brisseau .... sound mixer
Ron Davis .... dubbing editor
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist
Liam Saurin .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Derek Johnston .... special effects assistant
Gerry Johnston .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Alan Church .... optical camera (uncredited)
Tony Willis .... effects cameraman (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Collins .... still photographer
Louie Conroy .... gaffer
Patrick Conroy .... electrical gaffer
Phillip Grosvenor .... assistant camera
Michael McGrath .... still photographer
Luke Quigley .... camera grip
Tony White .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack Gallagher .... wardrobe master
Rita Wakely .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Michael Kelliher .... assistant editor
Sebastian Serrell-Watts .... assistant editor
Transportation Department
Arthur Dunne .... transportation manager
Other crew
Jean Bourne .... continuity coordinator
Con Cremins .... accounting assistant
Brian Doyle .... unit publicist
Vernon Harris .... script editor
Marie McFerran .... production assistant
Rex Mitchell .... production accountant
Grania O'Shannon .... location manager
Candy Paterson .... hair and fashion consultant

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110 min
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The photographic still used for many of the movie posters for the film, featuring Rita (Julie Walters) sitting in front of Frank (Michael Caine) who is holding open wide a book with lots of text, is a shot that actually doesn't appear in the actual movie itself.See more »
Factual errors: O.U. students do not enjoy one to one tutorials with a professor.See more »
[first lines]
[Frank walks on campus and addresses some students]
Dr. Frank Bryant:Good afternoon.
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43 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
An Excellent Character Study, 14 August 1999
Author: Scott A. Frisina ( from Tacoma, Washington

"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".

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