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Educating Rita (1983)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 28 October 1983 (USA)
In London, twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny. She joins a literature course in an open ... See full summary »

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writer:

Willy Russell (screenplay)

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Dr. Frank Bryant
Julie Walters ... Rita
Michael Williams ... Brian
Maureen Lipman ... Trish
Jeananne Crowley Jeananne Crowley ... Julia
Malcolm Douglas ... Denny
Godfrey Quigley ... Rita's Father
Dearbhla Molloy ... Elaine
Patrick Daly Patrick Daly ... Bursar (as Pat Daly)
Kim Fortune Kim Fortune ... Collins
Philip Hurd-Wood ... Tiger (as Philip Hurdwood)
Hilary Reynolds Hilary Reynolds ... Lesley
Jack Walsh ... Price
Christopher Casson Christopher Casson ... Professor
Rosamund Burton Rosamund Burton ... Denise
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Storyline

In London, twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny. She joins a literature course in an open university and is tutored by the middle-aged Dr. Frank Bryant, an alcoholic and debauched professor from the upper-class who's life has left him emotionally drained, without self-esteem. Frank lives with Julia, who's also a professor, and have a loveless marriage; Julia has a love affair with the dean Brian. Rivals humour and determination to improve herself is contagious; she gives motivation to Frank who helps prepare her for the exams to join university, and be able to leave Denny Will she succeed in the exams? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Sometimes students end up being the best teachers. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Educando a Rita See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$73,518, 25 September 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,648,076
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Acorn Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In 2002, director Lewis Gilbert thought about remaking the film with Halle Berry with Denzel Washington, who both had won Best Acting Oscars that year, for Monster's Ball (2001) and Training Day (2001) respectively. However, the project never got off the ground. England's newspaper "The Guardian" reported that Gilbert referred to both of these Oscar winners when he spoke of this proposed production: "There are so many good black actors in America. You only have to think of the two black actors who took the Best Actor awards at this year's Oscars". See more »

Goofs

When the VW van with students in it approaches Rita, the side door is wide open but the back door is not. As the van pulls away, the back door is now flipped up. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Frank walks on campus and addresses some students]
Dr. Frank Bryant: Good afternoon.
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Alternate Versions

In a version screened on British TV in the '80s and '90s, Frank tells the imaginary Morgan to 'p*** off', not 'f*** off'; Michael Caine's voice is quite badly dubbed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Goof Troop: Educating Goofy (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding March
(uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Can't Get It Out of My Head
16 February 2006 | by PiafreduxSee all my reviews

Whatever its faults and flaws might be, I've never been able - or wanted to - get 'Educating Rita' out of my head. What makes it so memorable, such a touchstone? Is it Julie Walters's expressive face? Is it Michael Caine's professor being chivvied from his sodden rut by the pixilated yet determined Rita? Is it the wit and good humor and Rational-enquiry-and-argument-as-drama of the screenplay? Is it the dated electronic score that somehow dates the film but not its cerebral or emotional impact? Truth is I don't know what makes 'Educating Rita' so memorable for me - in my head scenes and snippets of this film just pop up and play whenever they've a mind to! - and perhaps that's what makes this film exemplary as movie magic. It deserved and deserves more viewers - whether or not they'll like isn't important: as Rita/Susan says, she now has "choices" - and in my head when its scenes play I can't help giving it unending applause.


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