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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.

Director:

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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Storyline

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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Out of one Jean Brodie would come a whole generation of Jean Brodies... experimenting with sex, society and everything else. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

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Release Date:

25 February 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die besten Jahre der Miss Jean Brodie See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jean Brodie's name refers to Deacon William Brodie, a notorious Edinburgh figure. By day, it is said he was an upstanding member of society, and by night he was a criminal. It is said that he was hanged on a gallows that he set up himself. See more »

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In the first half of the film, set in 1932, Jean Brodie speaks of Anna Pavlova in the present tense, saying "She is the prima ballerina." Sandy and Jenny's forged letter also uses the present tense when referring to Pavlova. ("I am dedicated to my girls as is Madame Pavlova.") Pavlova, however, died in 1931. 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 »

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Referenced in The Trip to Spain (2017) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung by a group as "For You're a Jolly Good Fellow"
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Brilliant film, incredible performance
27 February 2004 | by beattyjjSee all my reviews

Beautifully filmed and acted by all the performers, this is a knock-out film. Maggie Smith is incredible right down to her Morningside accent. The other players hold their own against her powerhouse performance. The Edinburgh locations are great and the film has a remarkably nostalgic quality that reflects Brodie's romanticism. A beautiful Rod McKuen score as well! A must see film. An interesting comparison can be made with Dead Poet's Society, which has a male teacher in an all male school (compared to a female teacher in an all girl's school). In Brodie, unorthodox irresponsible teaching is condemned while in Dead Poet's Society it is valorized. In both the teaching methods bring about the death of a student and the school's reaction is similar. The film makers, however, come down on opposite sides in their attitudes toward the teachers


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