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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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Drama | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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UK

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English | Latin | French | Italian

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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Wendy Padbury was asked to play a key role but passed to do Doctor Who (1963) instead. 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 »

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Referenced in Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 2 (1999) 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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"If they want to get rid of me...they will have to assassinate me".
20 February 2004 | by DamienWasHereSee all my reviews

This is perhaps one of the greatest films in the English language -- but only because of Maggie Smith's museum-quality portrayal of Miss Jean Brodie. This masterpiece in mannerisms and manners will be looked upon in the future much in the same way we look upon THE MONA LISA today. I know that this sounds like a stretch, but someday someone will know what I mean.

The only downside to this film is the sad realization that if Jean Brodie were to have been played by anyone other than Maggie Smith it would have been a bore -- but oddly enough, this fact alone seems to add to the greatness of the film overall.

While my header might be the best line in the film, my personal favorite was, "Indeed, for those who like that sort of thing, that is the sort of thing they like."

Damien


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