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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 »

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Percy Main See more »
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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Jim Sturgess. He is credited as James Sturgess. 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 »

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Andrew: In the Cold War, everyone wanted to learn Russian. Then came Perestroika; Russian wasn't trendy any more.
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Version of ITV Play of the Week: The Browning Version (1966) See more »

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Ave Verum
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Schoolday memories
30 June 2001 | by armourjockSee all my reviews

Albert Finney gives a classic portrayal of a teacher of the times. This movie shows so clearly the invisible gap which existed between teacher and pupil. It was extremely difficult if not impossible to come close to teachers in those days. The innocence of Taplow played brilliantly by Ben Silverstone and his genuine regard and respect for the aging Crocker=Harris, provides the viewer with an intimate encounter in which this teacher who is in a failed marriage, has not accomplished his ambitions to be head of the school, suddenly realises in the form of "Taplow", that he is genuinely loved for what he is, a good teacher who showed his love for the boys by, discipline and teaching. Little wonder that Crocker-Harris weeps when the truth dawns on him. Watch this movie and weep too. Absolutely first class.


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