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The Browning Version (1994)

R | | Drama | 12 October 1994 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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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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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 October 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les leçons de la vie  »

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$464,423 (USA)

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


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 »


Taplow: I feel sorry for him...
Boy: Sorry?! For old Hitler? You little arse licker!
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Arranged by Peter Newson-Smith
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This movie ranks #5 on my list of all-time personal favorites
1 January 2001 | by (Illinois) – See all my reviews

This movie touches one's soul. Albert Finney gives a heartfelt performance as an old, crusty, teacher, who reflects on his career and life in the days leading to his retirement. He comes to the realization that his entire life's work has been, for the most part, in vain. It is reminiscent of Tolstoy's Death of Ivan Illyich. While in Tolstoy's Illyich, the character reflects on his life while on his death bed, Finney's soul searching is triggered by his imminent retirement. He realizes that his marriage has failed and that none of his students, with the exception of one, appear to have any appreciation and respect for him. Finney gives a remarkable performance in the lead role. Have Kleenex handy when you watch this one.

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