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The Browning Version (1994)

R | | Drama | 12 October 1994 (USA)
Andrew Crocker-Harris is an embittered and disliked teacher of Greek and Latin at a British public school. After nearly 20 years of service, he is being forced to retire on the pretext of ... See full summary »

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Laura Crocker-Harris
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Frank Hunter
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Tom Gilbert
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Dr. Frobisher
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Bryant (as James Sturgess)
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Jotham Annan ...
Prince Abakendi
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David Fletcher
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Dr. Rafferty
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Diana
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Andrew Crocker-Harris is an embittered and disliked teacher of Greek and Latin at a British public school. After nearly 20 years of service, he is being forced to retire on the pretext of his health, and perhaps may not even be given a pension. The boys regard him as a Hitler, with some justification. His wife Laura is unfaithful, and lives to wound him any way she can. Andrew must come to terms with his failed life and regain at least his own self-respect. Written by Reid Gagle

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The greatest lessons in life are the ones learned by the heart. See more »

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12 October 1994 (USA)  »

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Les leçons de la vie  »

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Originally developed as a Ridley Scott directorial project. See more »

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In the scene where Crock's students are struggling with a passage of Aeschylus in the original Greek, the books on their desks that they are supposedly reading from are English translations visible from their Penguin covers. See more »

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Andrew: In the Cold War, everyone wanted to learn Russian. Then came Perestroika; Russian wasn't trendy any more.
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Version of The Browning Version (1951) See more »

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Galop (Can-Can)
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Arranged by Frank Wright
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Albert Finney gives hour and half of acting lesson
7 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is remake of "The Browning Version", great movie of Anthony Asquith. Here Michael Redgrave is replaced with one of my favorite British actors, Albert Finney. Finney plays Andrew Crocker-Harris, teacher of classic languages in a British prep school. He's disliked from students, his colleagues and his younger wife is being unfaithful to him. The only boy who likes Crocker-Harris is Taplow and they have special relationship that culminates with Taplow's gift that makes Crocker-Harris cry, in one of my favorite scenes of this movie. I also must add, that beside Finney, there is very good performance of Greta Scacchi as his wife. So why to watch this movie? Because of Albert Finney's tutoring skills!!! He gives hour and half of acting lesson to us all. Thank you Mr. Finney, you are a true legend.


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