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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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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
... 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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25 February 1969 (UK)  »

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A Primavera de uma Solteirona  »

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Last feature film of Rona Anderson. See more »

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When Mr. Lloyd spies Ms. Brodie and the girls from his studio window, he is seen wearing dark brown pants. He rushes from the room and when he emerges on the street, he is wearing light colored pants. See more »

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Gordon Lowther: Morning girls. Good Morning.
Sandy: There's Miss Brodie!
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Referenced in M*A*S*H: Welcome to Korea (1975) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Dreams Of "Il Duce"
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Maggie Smith is mesmerizing. She paints the blind monstrosity of Miss Jean Brodie in the most recognizable human tones. Robin William's character in "Dead Poet Society" is as irresponsible but doesn't go near as far as this repressed masterpiece of a creature. Her romantic slant towards "Il Duce" and what he represents is at the core of the simple complexity of the character. Maggie's mannerism, now a precious trade mark, belong to Miss Brodie, totally. Her arms, her chin, the turning of her face. Pamela Franlklin is also superb. What a powerful young actress -- Where is she now? -- and Celia Johnson's performance is the icing on the cake of this feast of a movie.


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