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The Browning Version (1994)

R | | Drama | 12 October 1994 (USA)
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Andrew Crocker-Harris is an embittered and disliked teacher of Greek and Latin at a British public school. After nearly 20 years of service, he is being forced to retire on the pretext of ... See full summary »

Director:

Mike Figgis

Writers:

Terence Rattigan (play), Ronald Harwood
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Finney ... Andrew Crocker-Harris
Greta Scacchi ... Laura Crocker-Harris
Matthew Modine ... Frank Hunter
Julian Sands ... Tom Gilbert
Michael Gambon ... Dr. Frobisher
Ben Silverstone ... Taplow
Jim Sturgess ... Bryant (as James Sturgess)
Joseph Beattie ... Wilson
Mark Bolton Mark Bolton ... Grantham
Tom Havelock Tom Havelock ... Laughton
Walter Micklethwait Walter Micklethwait ... Buller
Jotham Annan Jotham Annan ... Prince Abakendi
David Lever David Lever ... David Fletcher
Bruce Myers Bruce Myers ... Dr. Rafferty
Maryam d'Abo ... Diana
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Storyline

Andrew Crocker-Harris is an embittered and disliked teacher of Greek and Latin at a British public school. After nearly 20 years of service, he is being forced to retire on the pretext of his health, and perhaps may not even be given a pension. The boys regard him as a Hitler, with some justification. His wife Laura is unfaithful, and lives to wound him any way she can. Andrew must come to terms with his failed life and regain at least his own self-respect. Written by Reid Gagle

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He's out of touch with a changing world, a faithless wife and a thankless career. But one small act of kindness may restore his faith. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les leçons de la vie See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$464,423
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Production Co:

Percy Main See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Originally developed as a Ridley Scott directorial project. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Crock's students are struggling with a passage of Aeschylus in the original Greek, the books on their desks that they are supposedly reading from are English translations visible from their Penguin covers. See more »

Quotes

Andrew: I'd rather have this present than anything else I can think of.
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Version of The Browning Version (1951) See more »

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Galop (Can-Can)
by Jacques Offenbach
Arranged by Frank Wright
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The magic of simplicity
21 August 2003 | by LudwASee all my reviews

I don't think I have the gift of words to write something that makes brilliant sense. Some movies are good, some movies aren't. This movie is just a superb thing. Everything is done with class. The acting is fine and subtle and the scene where the old teacher gets the book and he starts crying is magnificent. The soundtrack satisfies all my needs with it's romantic melodies and perfect timing. This movie is a must-see.


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