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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 #1

Connor Catchpole ... Small Boy #2

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 #1
Bryony Wadsworth ... Shakespeare Girl #2
Ashley Taylor-Rhys ... Petrol Attendant

Sally Hawkins ... Sarah Goldman
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:

James Norton ... Student
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 Carhy 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 .... sound 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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Sayers .... sound effects editor
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Richard Straker .... adr recordist
Richard Straker .... sound 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
Toby Tyler .... electrician
Toby Tyler .... gaffer (as David Tyler)
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
Matt Watson .... on-line editor
Stephen Bearman .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Paul Doogan .... scan record manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Eleanor Alberga .... musician: piano
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
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
Tony Carter .... location assistant
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
Richard George .... assistant location manager
Louise Goodsill .... representative: Odyssey Entertainment
Pierre Hue .... assistant location manager: France
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
Hannah Lamb .... location assistant
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
Caroline O'Reilly .... script supervisor
Kevin O'Shea .... insurance: AON/Albert G Ruben
Valerie Rosewell .... assistant accountant (as Val Rosewell)
Romuald Rousseau .... location manager: France
Marc Saclier .... location trainee: France
Lisbeth Savill .... legal services: Olswang
Gregory R. Schenz .... business and legal affairs executive: Endgame Entertainment
James Scott .... representative: Odyssey Entertainment
Sonic .... floor runner (as James 'Sonic' Rainer)
Camilla Stephenson .... location manager
Neil Swain .... dialect coach: Peter Sarsgaard
Eve Swannell .... production coordinator
Anne Teixeira .... production executive: Endgame Entertainment
Claire Tovey .... location scout
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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The creative team were initially worried about casting the 22-year-old Carey Mulligan in the role of a 16-year-old, but were convinced by her screen test. Rosamund Pike reportedly really wanted the small part of Helen, because "no one ever lets me be funny".See more »
Anachronisms: When David has a drink for "Dutch courage" in his car he takes the wrapper off the bottle of wine and then makes another movement like unscrewing the cap. Screw tops weren't found on bottles of wine in the 1960s.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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170 out of 211 people found the following review useful.
An educated mind is not necessarily an open one, 20 November 2009
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

In the cinema certain historical periods have become associated with a particular set of ideas. The 1960s represent change, progress and excitement whereas the 1950s are frequently regarded as a period of stifling social conformity. Of course, the "swinging sixties" did not necessarily start to swing on 1st January 1960, and in retrospect the first few years of the decade seem to have more in common with the conformist fifties than with the "swinging London" era of the later sixties. Certainly, many young people during this period regarded London as a dull, conservative place, and looked eagerly to foreign cities, especially Paris, as being more exciting and radical. There was an enthusiasm for everything French- French philosophy, French literature, French cinema, French fashions, even French jazz and French cigarettes. This Francophilia doubtless included elements of wishful thinking- De Gaulle's Fifth Republic was a more conservative place than many Britons realised- but it was nevertheless an influential phenomenon. It is a phenomenon explored in Julian Barnes' novel "Metroland" (later filmed), and also in this film.

The main character is Jenny, a teenage schoolgirl living in the London suburb of Twickenham in 1961. Jenny is highly intelligent, and is studying hard with a view to taking the entrance exams to Oxford University. She is not, however, really sure why she wants to go to Oxford, except that she is being pushed to do so by her parents who feel that university is the best place for her to meet a wealthy husband.

Jenny's life changes when she meets a handsome and charming older man named David. They quickly become close friends and begin dating. David is clearly wealthy, and claims to be an art dealer and property developer. More important to Jenny, however, is his knowledge of culture. He is well up with all the latest intellectual and artistic fashions from France and takes her to concerts and jazz clubs. What really impresses her is that he takes her to Paris. Eventually, David proposes to Jenny and she accepts and drops out of school without taking her A-levels, her Oxford ambitions abandoned.

Many parents would be worried about the idea of their sixteen-year-old daughter being romanced by a thirty-something man, especially if his influence leads her to neglect her education, but Jenny's parents, especially her complacent, Philistine father, seem strangely unconcerned. His argument is that as Jenny has now found a wealthy suitor there will be no need for her to use Oxford as a dating agency. His one objection to David as a son-in-law seems to be that he is Jewish. (Anti-Semitism was unfortunately widespread in British society at this period). Yet it is obvious to the audience that there is a darker side to David's character. His business methods are, to say the least, not beyond reproach (the character may have been based upon the notorious slum landlord Peter Rachman) and he never takes Jenny to his home, always meeting her in a luxurious flat belonging to his friend and business partner Danny. Eventually, even Jenny herself begins to suspect that David is not all he seems.

The title "An Education" can be understood on two levels. As a coming-of-age drama it narrates Jenny's metaphorical "education" in the wider sense of learning lessons about life. Yet it obviously also deals with her education in the narrower, literal sense of the word. It raises similar issues to another great British film, "Educating Rita", namely whether it is formal academic education or informal education to be gained in the outside world which is the more valuable. Jenny drops out of school because she believes that she can better acquire knowledge, both of high culture and of the ways of the world, through her life with David than through academic study. (Jenny's vision of her future life envisages her living with David in Paris on the Rive Gauche, reading Sartre, smoking Gauloises and going to the cinema to see the latest productions of the Nouvelle Vague). It seems hard to blame her for this conclusion, given that in the film the main advocate of the life academic is her headmistress, an intellectual snob and virulent anti-Semite ("The Jews killed Our Lord!") who serves as a reminder that an educated mind is not necessarily an open one. It is only when she becomes disillusioned with David that Jenny starts to reassess her priorities.

Her performance in the lead role has led to Carey Mulligan being hailed as the "new Audrey Hepburn", although the main point of resemblance seems to be that at one point in the film Jenny sports (as many young women doubtless did in the early sixties) a Hepburn-style hairdo. Nevertheless, on the basis of this performance Mulligan would appear to be a highly promising star in the making, perhaps the new Keira Knightley. Although she is actually 24, she always seems entirely believable as a naive young teenager. Other good contributions come from Peter Sarsgaard as the smooth, reptilian David, Alfred Molina as Jenny's comical, blustering father, Rosamund Pike as Danny's airheaded mistress Helen and Emma Thompson in an excellent cameo as the obnoxious headmistress.

Period drama is something the British cinema often does well, and "An Education" falls within this tradition, even though it has a Danish director, Lone Scherfig. 2009 has already seen two good British costume dramas, "The Young Victoria" and "Dorian Gray", but "An Education" is an even better one. It is not only a study of a girl on the verge of womanhood, but also an exploration of issues such as social class, racism and the value of education. One of the best British films of recent years. I hope that the Academy will remember it when next year's Oscars are being handed out. 9/10

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