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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Carey Mulligan ... Jenny Mellor

Olivia Williams ... Miss Stubbs

Alfred Molina ... Jack Mellor

Cara Seymour ... Marjorie
William Melling ... Small Boy

Connor Catchpole ... Small Boy

Matthew Beard ... Graham

Peter Sarsgaard ... David Goldman
Amanda Fairbank-Hynes ... Hattie

Ellie Kendrick ... Tina

Dominic Cooper ... Danny

Rosamund Pike ... Helen
Nick Sampson ... Auctioneer
Kate Duchêne ... Latin Teacher (as Kate Duchene)
Bel Parker ... Small Girl

Emma Thompson ... Headmistress
Luis Soto ... Rachman
Olenka Wrzesniewski ... Shakespeare Girl
Bryony Wadsworth ... Shakespeare Girl
Ashley Taylor-Rhys ... Petrol Attendant

Sally Hawkins ... Sarah Goldman

James Norton ... Student
Beth Rowley ... Nightclub Singer
Ben Castle ... Nightclub Band
Mark Edwards ... Nightclub Band
Tom Rees-Roberts ... Nightclub Band
Arne Somogyi ... Nightclub Band
Paul Pilot ... Nightclub Band
Phil Wilkinson ... Nightclub Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rhys Bond ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Charlee Hall ... Baby 1 (uncredited)
Neo Hall ... Baby 2 (uncredited)

David Wayman ... Man in Cafe (uncredited)

Directed by
Lone Scherfig 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lynn Barber  memoir
Nick Hornby  screenplay

Produced by
Finola Dwyer .... producer
Douglas Hansen .... executive producer (as Douglas E. Hansen)
Nick Hornby .... executive producer
Wendy Japhet .... executive producer
Jamie Laurenson .... executive producer
Caroline Levy .... line producer
Amanda Posey .... producer
James D. Stern .... executive producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Paul Englishby 
Cinematography by
John de Borman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Barney Pilling 
Casting by
Lucy Bevan 
Production Design by
Andrew McAlpine 
Art Direction by
Ben Smith 
Set Decoration by
Anna Lynch-Robinson  (as Anna Lynch Robinson)
Costume Design by
Odile Dicks-Mireaux 
Makeup Department
Bella Ava Georgiou .... hair stylist: dailies (as Bella Georgiou)
Bella Ava Georgiou .... makeup artist: dailies (as Bella Georgiou)
Mandy Gold .... hair stylist: dailies
Mandy Gold .... makeup artist: dailies
Jon Henry Gordon .... hair stylist: dailies
Jon Henry Gordon .... makeup artist: dailies
Catherine Jabes .... hair stylist: France (as Cathy Vidal)
Nicky Knowles .... hair stylist (as Nicola Magee)
Nicky Knowles .... makeup artist (as Nicola Magee)
Ameneh Mahloudji .... hair stylist
Ameneh Mahloudji .... makeup artist
Florence Roumieu .... makeup artist: France
Andrew Simonin .... crowd hairdresser
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou .... hair designer (as Lizzie Yianni Georgiou)
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou .... makeup designer (as Lizzie Yianni Georgiou)
Katie Lee .... makeup trainee: dalies (uncredited)
Production Management
Matthew J. Birch .... executive in charge of production: Endgame Entertainment
Gilles Castera .... production manager: France
Polly Duval .... post-production supervisor
Ciara McGowan .... production manager
Bobby Prince .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Burgess .... additional third assistant director
Paul Cathie .... third assistant director
Joe Geary .... first assistant director
Clare Glass .... crowd second assistant director
Christelle Lahaye .... third assistant director: France
Tom Mulberge .... additional third assistant director
Tom White .... second assistant director
Art Department
Gerry Atkinson .... dressing propman
Marc Beros .... hod painter
Brian Bovingdon .... carpenter
Philippa Broadhurst .... graphic designer
Chris Brown .... carpenter
Lee Bryant .... prop storeman
Alfie Burgess .... stand-by propman
Clive D'Cruze .... stagehand
Gene D'Cruze .... construction manager
Billy Edwards .... stand-by propman
Richard Grant .... painter
James Hendy .... property buyer
John Malham .... painter
Danny Margetts .... hod construction
Ben Munro .... stand-by art director
Camise Oldfield .... art department trainee: FT2
Andrew Rickard .... carpenter
Michael Rickard .... carpenter
Brian Stagg .... carpenter
Terry Stinson .... dressing propman
Ian Tansey .... painter
Anna Thomas .... art department assistant
Dave Wells .... carpenter
Tom Whitehead .... assistant art director
Nigel Woodford .... stand-by carpenter
Terry Woods .... property master (as Terry Wood)
Dougie Lankston .... dressing props (uncredited)
Howard Weaver .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Hugo Adams .... foley editor
Niv Adiri .... sound effects editor
Ben Barker .... sound effects editor
Gareth Bull .... adr recordist
Gareth Bull .... re-recording mixer
Gillian Dodders .... dialogue editor
Andrew Felton .... boom operator
Danny Freemantle .... assistant sound editor
Glenn Freemantle .... sound supervisor
Elliott Gilhooly .... sound assistant: FT2
Nina Hartstone .... dialogue editor
Andrea King .... foley artist
Adam Mendez .... foley recordist
Adam Mendez .... re-recording mixer
Tom Sayers .... sound effects editor
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Richard Straker .... adr recordist
Richard Straker .... re-recording mixer
Simon J. Willis .... sound recordist (as Simon Willis)
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York (uncredited)
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Payne .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Stephen Elson .... visual effects producer: Baseblack (uncredited)
Edward Randolph .... digital compositor: Baseblack (uncredited)
Edward Randolph .... visual effects coordinator: Baseblack (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Sergio Bernuzzi .... grip
Martin Bloye .... daily rigging gaffer
Kerry Brown .... still photographer
Dan Carling .... video assistant
John de Borman .... camera operator
Jean-François Drigeard .... gaffer: France (as Jean-Francois Drigeard)
Manuel Gaspar .... best boy: France
Robert Gavigan .... best boy
Max Glickman .... clapper loader
Leigh Gold .... focus puller
Merritt Gold .... focus puller: second unit (as Merrit Gold)
Ian Grant .... chargehand rigger
Mikey Ray Harkins .... lighting desk operator (as Mikey Harkin)
Zac Henderson .... stand-by rigger
David Holliday .... grip: second unit
Justin Lewis .... generator operator
Dash Lilley .... film loader
Malcolm McLean .... camera operator: second unit
Brian Miller .... electrician
James Perry .... clapper loader: second unit
Toby Tyler Jr. .... electrician
David Tyler .... gaffer
Toby Tyler .... electrician
Toby Tyler .... gaffer
Aldo Camilleri .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Luke Chisholm .... additional grip (uncredited)
Johann Cruickshank .... sparks (uncredited)
Warwick Drucker .... additional grip (uncredited)
Chris Georgas .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Alice Searby .... casting associate
Ruth Key .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Basil Anastasi .... costumer: dailies
Martin Chitty .... stand-by costumer
Patricia Colin .... costume supervisor: France
Ellen Crawshaw .... costume trainee: crowd
Rachel Forde .... costume trainee: FT2
Natalie Humphries .... costume supervisor
Amanda Keable .... costume supervisor
Tess Loe .... costume trainee
Kate O'Farrell .... costumer: dailies
David Wolfe .... costumer: dailies
Editorial Department
Greg Barrett .... digital intermediate producer
Ben Bradley .... on-line editor
Rebecca Budds .... digital intermediate coordinator
Matthew Cannings .... assistant editor
John Claude .... digital intermediate colorist
Issac Solemon .... assistant editor
Matt Watson .... on-line editor
Stephen Bearman .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Paul Doogan .... scan record manager (uncredited)
Location Management
Tony Carter .... location assistant
Richard George .... assistant location manager
Pierre Hue .... assistant location manager: France
Hannah Lamb .... location assistant
Romuald Rousseau .... location manager: France
Camilla Stephenson .... location manager
Claire Tovey .... location scout
Music Department
Eleanor Alberga .... musician: piano
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Thomas Bowes .... orchestra leader
Tom Bowes .... orchestra leader
Chris Dibble .... score mixer
Chris Dibble .... score recordist
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Lewis Jones .... assistant engineer
Joanna Lee .... assistant to composer
Nyree Pinder .... score coordinator
Colin Rae .... score preparation
Kle Savidge .... music supervisor
Charlotte Trinder .... assistant orchestra contractor
Jonathan Williams .... musician: cello
Ben Barker .... supervising music editor (uncredited)
Christopher Benstead .... music editor (uncredited)
Paul Pilot .... score mixer (uncredited)
Paul Pilot .... score recordist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mickaël Conan .... minibus driver: France (as Mickael Conan)
Bertrand Doudet .... minibus driver: France
Olivier Fauchier .... minibus driver: France
Paul Gatley .... unit driver
Michael Geary .... action vehicle supplier: Motorhouse
Charles Heidet .... action vehicles coordinator: France
Phil Houghton .... driver: camera truck (as Phil Haughton)
Hefin Jones .... driver: wardrobe bus (as Hefyn Jones)
Charles Manning .... driver: facilities captain & make-up
Geoff McCracken .... minibus driver
Chris Palmer .... lead driver
Jim Wilkes .... driver: grip truck
Ian Wotherspoon .... unit driver
Other crew
Sarah Armstrong .... stand-in (as Sara Armstrong)
Susan Arnott .... representative: Odyssey Entertainment
Geraldine Atlee .... business affairs: BBC Films
Aurélie Avram .... production coordinator: France (as Aurelie Avram)
Guillaume Babinet .... location trainee: France
Craig Barwick .... production accountant
Hana Beer .... floor runner
Kerry Brown .... electronic press kit
Phil Cairns .... unit publicist: Premier PR
Lucy Chilton .... assistant to director
Libby D'Arcy .... representative: Odyssey Entertainment
Sean Desmond .... security
Graham Easton .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Glyn Evans .... medic
Angus Finlayson .... stand-in
Charlotte Fleck .... dialect coach: Peter Sarsgaard
Ian Ford .... security
Louise Goodsill .... representative: Odyssey Entertainment
Mick Hurrell .... health & safety officer
Jacqueline Hurt .... legal services: Olswang
Amy Jackson .... post production paperwork
Amy Jackson .... producers asssistant
Steve Joberns .... auditor: Shipleys
Ralph Kamp .... representative: Odyssey Entertainment
Charles McDonald .... unit publicist: Premier PR
Bennett McGhee .... assistant to producers
Simon Mills .... production runner
Tariq Mirza .... production legal
John Morgan .... accountant: Wildgraze Films & Finola Dwyer Productions
Eleanor Nett .... production and post-production executive: Endgame Entertainment
Robert E. Norton .... finance executive: Endgame Entertainment
Caroline O'Reilly .... script supervisor
Kevin O'Shea .... insurance: AON/Albert G Ruben
Valerie Rosewell .... assistant accountant (as Val Rosewell)
Marc Saclier .... location trainee: France
Lisbeth Savill .... legal services: Olswang
Greg Schenz .... business and legal affairs executive: Endgame Entertainment (as Gregory R. Schenz)
James Scott .... representative: Odyssey Entertainment
Sonic .... floor runner (as James 'Sonic' Rainer)
Neil Swain .... dialect coach: Peter Sarsgaard
Eve Swannell .... production coordinator
Antony Swiatek .... production legal: Olswang
Anne Teixeira .... production executive: Endgame Entertainment
Matthew Vizard .... production & delivery coordinator: BBC Films
Cindy Wilkinson Kirven .... finance executive: Endgame Entertainment
Michael Wood .... production executive: BBC Films
Nic Benns .... title designer (uncredited)
Paula Jalfon .... commercial manager (uncredited)
Tory Lenosky .... production runner (uncredited)
Iain Mackenzie .... production runner: dailies (uncredited)
James Mossahebi .... office runner (uncredited)
Amy Ashworth .... special thanks
Jane Barclay .... special thanks
Isabel Begg .... special thanks
Helen Bones .... special thanks
Bernard Butler .... special thanks
Duffy .... special thanks
Juliette Gréco .... special thanks
Camille Holm .... in memory of
Mark Hubbard .... thanks
Beeban Kidron .... special thanks
Paul Ritchie .... thanks
Marc Samuelson .... special thanks
Tom Stingemore .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual content, and for smoking
100 min
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Made Variety's 2007 list of best unproduced British screenplays.See more »
Continuity: Danny and David are shown on front seats of the car when Danny tells David that he has seen a For Sale sign. In the next scene the car pulls up to the house for sale and David and Jenny exit from the front doors.See more »
[first lines]
Miss Stubbs:Come on, girls. Anybody?
Miss Stubbs:Anybody else?
Miss Stubbs:Jenny again.
Jenny:Isn't it because Mr. Rochester's blind?
Miss Stubbs:Yes, Jenny.
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91 out of 119 people found the following review useful.
an enjoyable and respectable teen girl coming-of-age-romance story, 23 October 2009
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

An Education works little wonders even if it's an imperfect film. There's much to recommend about it as this season's British indie movie with something different going for it. It's something about its character and the circumstances of what happens to her that's fascinating: sixteen year old Jenny (Carey Mulligan), a smart girl with a love for Parisian culture and music and movies, is pressured to get into Oxford, not even so much for the English degree to teach English (or Latin as case might be) but for the status. Enter in David (Sarsgard), an older man who rides up to Jenny one rainy day and offers her a ride home. From then on its a romantic affair between the two, where he whisks her to wonderful jazz clubs and auctions, and even, eventually, to Paris. A twist happens late in the film that turns all of this upside down, but I dare not reveal it here.

What makes it interesting is not so much the teen girl with adult male aspect (on that side of the coin it's like a British version of Manhattan only told from the girl's point of view and a less conflicted man in the situation), but how the relationship is perceived by her parents and peers and teachers. This isn't some illicit affair to be kept under wraps, but something that (refreshingly for a movie at least) is out in the open, and with that comes the awkward stares and upturned eyebrows, and as well the charm that David exudes on Jenny's parents. It's as much a film about romance as it is about class, about how Jenny fits in or could fit in to a society in Britain in 1961, and how David fits in and how her parents see her fitting in (or, for that matter, how David fits others in as a property re-seller to the black community). And of course the aspect of Oxford vs. getting married, the only options for Jenny at a crucial point.

And now for the rest of the good and... well, not so much bad but just underwhelming. The good is this newcomer Carey Mulligan. One can't wait but to see her in other films; she's a natural at playing a great range of emotions required for this complex character, a girl who thinks and acts and talks like a woman but yet still sort of a girl at the same time (see Jenny's trip to Paris for that). Supporting players like Molina and Williams are also very good, giving their scenes the proper 'umph' needed and gravitas in some key scenes. Sarsgaard fares a little less well with a good performance but less than convincing accent. The screenplay by Nick Nornby (for once he's adapting a book!) and it's written with a natural ear for the way characters at that time might speak. The direction is clear and concise and just handsome enough to be competent. The last ten minutes, however, seem rushed on all of the ends of the storytelling, after such a good momentum has been building on the crest of Jenny's future.

It's a very good movie where we care about the characters and see some life lessons learned with (usually) unsentimental results. It's a tragic-comic crumpet of a movie, dear and serious, amusing but very telling about human nature. 7.5/10

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