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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama | 19 December 2003 (USA)
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A free-thinking art professor teaches conservative 1950s Wellesley girls to question their traditional social roles.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Katherine Ann Watson
... Betty Warren
... Joan Brandwyn
... Giselle Levy
... Connie Baker
... Bill Dunbar
... Amanda Armstrong
... Nancy Abbey
... Paul Moore
... President Jocelyn Carr
... Mrs. Warren
... Dr. Edward Staunton
... Girl at the Station
Leslie Lyles ... Housing Director
... Susan Delacorte
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Storyline

Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college. Written by garykmcd

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In einer Welt, die ihnen vorschrieb, wie man lebt, lehrte sie sie, wie man denkt. (In a world that told them how to live, she taught them how to think.) See more »

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and thematic issues | See all certifications »

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19 December 2003 (USA)  »

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La sonrisa de Mona Lisa  »

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,528,498, 21 December 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$63,860,942

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$141,337,989
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The war story that Bill Dunbar tells during his Italian class is borrowed from the World War I novel "All Quiet On The Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque. See more »

Goofs

During the wedding reception, when Nancy explains to Katherine that her husband didn't die in the war, a slow song is playing. For a second, the people in the background dance very quickly. See more »

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Betty Warren: [voiceover] All her life, she had wanted to teach at Wellesley College. So, when a position opened in the Art History department, she pursued it single-mindedly until she was hired. It was whispered that Katherine Watson, a first-year teacher from Oakland State, made up in brains what she lacked in pedigree. Which was why this bohemian from California was on her way to the most conservative college in the nation.
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The end credits for the prominent cast and crew are set in front of vintage footage and advertisements showing women in the 1940s and 50s. See more »

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References What's My Line? (1950) See more »

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For the Splendor of Creation
Adapted from "The Planets"
Written by Gustav Holst and Carl P. Daw, Jr.
Performed by Wellesley College Choir
Lisa Graham Conductor
Under license from Wellesley College Choir
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Fun and entertaining as well as inspirational.
11 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

A look back at a slice of American culture during the early fifties, just prior to the era of Rock n Roll. A forward thinking art professor( Julia Roberts) secures a teaching position at a very conservative all girls college in New England. She hopes to bring change to the way women see their roles in society. She only lasts a year in that job, but in that year she has affected her students, in ways that are life altering, and at the same time they have done the same for her. Beautifully photographed, wonderfully written and acted,and all within a period setting that brings back fond memories for me. I've seen it at least five times. Sit back and enjoy.


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