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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

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A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view.

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jean Brodie
... Teddy Lloyd
... Sandy
... Gordon Lowther
... Miss Mackay
... Jenny
... Mary McGregor
... Monica
Lavinia Lang ... Emily Carstairs
Antoinette Biggerstaff ... Helen McPhee
Margo Cunningham ... Miss Campbell
Isla Cameron ... Miss McKenzie
... Miss Lockhart
... Miss Gaunt
Molly Weir ... Miss Allison Kerr
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A liberated young schoolteacher at an Edinburgh girls' school in the period between the two wars, instructs her girls on the ways of life. Ignoring the more mundane subjects, she teaches them of love, politics and art. Her affairs with two male teachers become known and she finds herself fighting to keep her job. She believes that she can always count on the 100% support of her favourite pupils, but one of them does not feel that Miss Jean Brodie is in her "prime" any more. No longer swayed by her teacher's eloquence, she begins to learn about life and love herself. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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In the surprising world of Jean Brodie, there were two men and four girls. See more »

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27 June 1969 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A Primavera de uma Solteirona  »

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Seventy-five girls were needed for the film, and about 500 showed when auditions were held in London. Faced with such an overwhelming number, the director's assistant separated the girls into more manageable groups of twenty. The director then asked each girl to giggle, and he made his selections based on how well the girls could do so. See more »

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(at around 45 mins) In the office scene just after Miss Mackay stands up, the boom microphone's shadow is briefly visible on the wall behind her, and it moves (upper-right corner of frame). See more »

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[first lines]
Gordon Lowther: Morning girls. Good Morning.
Sandy: There's Miss Brodie!
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Opening credits prologue: EDINBURGH 1932 See more »


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(1969) (uncredited)
Written and Performed by Rod McKuen
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The creme de la creme of performances by Maggie Smith
21 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film thirty years ago and Maggie Smith's performance still rates as one of the finest on screen. The storyline is already well known. I just want to crow about her presence in the movie. This woman even managed to blush when she and Mr Lloyd were caught in a clinch by Mary MacGregor! All these years later I still recall the line she delivered so witheringly when she heard that the music teacher she had once been linked with was finally going the marry the science teacher "Do you not think that with one snap of my fingers I couldn't send Miss (beat) Lockhart back to her gaseous domain!" Rent the video and whoop with delight at the sheer brilliance of this woman.

Robert Stephens was the least convincing of the lead performers, beside his then wife he was positively wooden. I saw them together on the London Stage in Hedda Gabler and they electrified the place! This film though was all about her. Her scenes with the Head Teacher were astonishing " I didn't want to be late - or early!"

A joy!


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