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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (2002)

In the later years of the nineteenth century Latin master Mr. Chipping is the mainstay of Brookfields boys boarding school, a good teacher and a kindly person but he is considered to be ... See full summary »

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Stuart Orme

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James Hilton (novel), Frank Delaney
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Clunes ... Mr. Chipping
Victoria Hamilton ... Kathie
Conleth Hill ... Max Staefel
John Wood ... Wetherby
Patrick Malahide ... Ralston
David Horovitch ... Burnley
Christopher Fulford ... Metcalf
James Casey James Casey ... Young Colley
Harry Lloyd ... Young Rivers
Tom Roberts Tom Roberts ... Henshaw
Rory Copus ... Alderdyce
James Byng ... Hawthorne (as James Malcolm)
David Netherton David Netherton ... Rinehart
Joe Sowerbutts ... Young Sexton
Hugh Sachs Hugh Sachs ... Hotelier
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In the later years of the nineteenth century Latin master Mr. Chipping is the mainstay of Brookfields boys boarding school, a good teacher and a kindly person but he is considered to be married to the job so that it is a surprise when, on a walking holiday, he meets and marries the vivacious Kathie,who becomes his helpmate at the school but sadly pre-deceases him. Just before World War One insensitive new headmaster Ralston tries to edge Chipping out but the boys rally and Sir John Rivers, an old pupil of Chipping's and now head of the board of governors, invites him to stay and,when the war breaks out and Ralston joins up, Chipping becomes the new head. He is saddened by the waste of young lives in the pointless war and also by the death of his old friend and former German teacher Max, who had returned to his homeland to fight for Germany and he reminds the assembled boys that an individual's goodness is more important than their nationality. It is a sad day for all concerned when ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

19 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adeus, Mr. Chips See more »

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John Harding, who plays Sir John Rivers, played Kemp in an earlier adaptation Goodbye Mr. Chips (1984). See more »

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When Mr. Chipping first kisses his wife-to-be, he is already wearing a wedding ring on his ring-finger. See more »

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[Chipping has threatened to resign because he is being ordered by Ralston, the new headmaster, to make fundamental changes and modernisations to the way that he teaches and he is vigorously opposed to these changes. In Assembly, Ralston assumes that Sir John Rivers, Chairman of the Governors, will support him in this. However Rivers is an old boy of the school and has his own loyalties]
Ralston: In the few weeks since I've been Headmaster, we've achieved a great deal. But there's more to be done. Some of...
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Definitely not your grandfather's chips!
23 October 2003 | by orsonwelles-1941See all my reviews

When I saw the ad for this, I naturally assumed this remake of the 1939 classic would be a sentimental period piece with a soundtrack replete with Elgar and choirboys. Instead I experienced one of the harshest exposes of hazing in the British public school system since If. Nothing is left to the imagination, making this movie unsuitable for anyone under 13. However, unlike the exploitative Oliver Twist miniseries that Masterpiece Theater did a few years ago, the writers did not go overboard trying to create a realistic atmosphere. This allowed a fine cast to turn in some superb performances without being overwhelmed by the plot and that's what makes this the BBC's best effort since the 1983 version of "Jane Eyre".


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