In a Florence pensione circa 1900 with English guests, George Emerson (Julian Sands) and his dad (Denholm Elliott) offer their rooms with views to Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) and her chaperone, Charlotte Bartlett (Dame Maggie Smith). Lucy and George get acquainted, but Lucy returns to England. George and Lucy meet again, but now she's engaged.
Helena Bonham Carter,
At his mother's funeral, stuffy bank clerk Henry Pulling (Alec McCowen) meets his Aunt Augusta Bertram (Dame Maggie Smith), an elderly eccentric with more-than-shady dealings who pulls him ... See full summary »
Louis Gossett Jr.
Two students from neighboring colleges in upstate New York are swept up in a tragic romantic interlude calling for a maturity of vision beyond their experience of capabilities. Pookie Adams... See full summary »
Alan J. Pakula
A liberated young schoolteacher at an Edinburgh girls' school in the period between the two world 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 one hundred percent support of her favorite pupils, but one of them does not feel that Miss Jean Brodie (Dame Maggie Smith) is in her "prime" anymore. No longer swayed by her teacher's eloquence, she begins to learn about life and love herself.Written by
The original play was offered to Dame Maggie Smith first. Because of movie commitments, she declined and Vanessa Redgrave played Miss Brodie on stage. However, when this movie was being made, the role of Miss Brodie was offered to Redgrave first. This time, she had prior commitments and declined and Dame Maggie Smith took the role, offered her originally, and won an Oscar for playing it. According to director Ronald Neame, Redgrave phoned him saying that she refused to repeat that "proto-Fascist part". Neame claims he was relieved because he didn't want to use her anyway. See more »
The telephone on Miss McKay's desk is from the 1940s. The transmitter (what you talk into) would have been different, and the dial would have been plain black, instead of stainless steel in 1932. See more »
An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op.314
Music by Johann Strauss
Played by an organ grinder See more »
The creme de la creme of performances by Maggie Smith
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!"
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