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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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Ronald Neame

Writers:

Muriel Spark (adapted from the novel by), Jay Presson Allen (based on the play by) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Smith ... Jean Brodie
Robert Stephens ... Teddy Lloyd
Pamela Franklin ... Sandy
Gordon Jackson ... Gordon Lowther
Celia Johnson ... Miss Mackay
Diane Grayson ... Jenny
Jane Carr ... Mary McGregor
Shirley Steedman ... Monica
Lavinia Lang Lavinia Lang ... Emily Carstairs
Antoinette Biggerstaff Antoinette Biggerstaff ... Helen McPhee
Margo Cunningham Margo Cunningham ... Miss Campbell
Isla Cameron ... Miss McKenzie
Rona Anderson ... Miss Lockhart
Ann Way ... Miss Gaunt
Molly Weir 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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Release Date:

25 February 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Primavera de uma Solteirona See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally released March 1969 in the US, it was re-released after Maggie Smith won the Academy Award for Best Actress in April 1970 and brought the studio an additional $1.9 million. See more »

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The very first shot of the film shows the Edinburgh skyline with a caption stating that it's 1932, but clearly visible in the centre of frame is the white cube of the (now demolished) Goldberg's department store, which was built in the early 1960s. See more »

Quotes

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


Soundtracks

My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose
(uncredited)
Scottish Traditional
Words by Robert Burns
sung off screen by Mr. Lowther at the staff party
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The Spectacular Prime Of Miss Maggie Smith
2 November 2017 | by Pat RowlingsSee all my reviews

Maggie Smith was already a major star in her native England and 4 years before she had earned an Oscar nomination in the supporting category for her Desdemona in "Othello" with Laurence Olivier but her Jean Brodie arrived to revolutionize everything, specially her own career. She won an Oscar and her win was considered one of the great upsets in the Academy's history. Watching The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie 48 years after its original release, told me that the Academy got it right then. Her performance is, quite simply, extraordinary. She's not playing a regular human being, no, she's playing a sort of benign monster, full of good intentions but, goodness, she's mad, mad as a hatter and from that point of view, she's truly dangerous. Maggie Smith goes for it, body and soul, Her confrontation of her superior, played magnificently by Celia Johnson, is of such power that I had to rewind immediately and see it again once, twice, three times. Superlative.


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