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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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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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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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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: I'd rather have this present than anything else I can think of.
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Version of ITV Television Playhouse: The Browning Version (1958) See more »

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Arranged by Frank Wright
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Albert Finney at his best
8 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

The movie lives with the superior performance of Albert Finney, who puts Crocker-Harris alive so tremendously, that you can't help but suffer with him. So much that you nearly wish to jump into the screen… ...to support that poor man in his struggle against unfairness.

Finney plays a senior teacher at an English elite school, who is not very popular, even addressed with the nickname "Hitler" of his form, due to his severe strictness and dry adoration for the classical, but dead poets of ancient Greek and Latin. As a perfect British gentleman he is tied by fully self-controlled formality, holding back all his emotions. He is totally obliged to conventions, always saying yes to everything. Except once.


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