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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Andrew Crocker-Harris
... Laura Crocker-Harris
... Frank Hunter
... Tom Gilbert
... Dr. Frobisher
Ben Silverstone ... Taplow
... Bryant (as James Sturgess)
... Wilson
Mark Bolton ... Grantham
Tom Havelock ... Laughton
Walter Micklethwait ... Buller
Jotham Annan ... Prince Abakendi
David Lever ... David Fletcher
Bruce Myers ... Dr. Rafferty
... Diana
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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 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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The greatest lessons in life are the ones learned by the heart. See more »

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Les leçons de la vie  »

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

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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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Taplow: I feel sorry for him...
Boy: Sorry?! For old Hitler? You little arse licker!
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Version of ITV Play of the Week: The Browning Version (1966) See more »

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Tonbridge March
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a well-done "small" film.
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This is one of those movies that are easy to overlook because of their lack of special effects, bone-rattling audio, and sexual situations. Nevertheless, The Browning Version tells a poignant story of an aging teacher who is being shunted aside in favor of a younger replacement. Albert Finney is wonderful as Crocker-Harris, "the Hitler of the lower sixth," whose health is failing and whose enthusiasm for teaching is gone. Greta Scacchi is equally good as his unfaithful wife. Her nuanced performance is one way in which this version is superior to the much-admired Michael Redgrave issue of 1951. In the latter, Jean Kent plays an unrelenting bitch who cares not a whit for her husband's plight. One cannot, under any circumstances, imagine how the two characters ever got together. In the new rendition, however, one can see how the lovely Miss Scacchi might have fallen for the athletically built Finney. As a result, one can better appreciate the disillusionment and bitterness that inform her character as she contemplates what he has become.


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