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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

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

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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Mr. Chipping: ...individuals are not nations...
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Version of Goodbye Mr. Chips (1984) See more »

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Excellent and recommended
20 October 2003 | by axsmashcrushallthreeSee all my reviews

I have now viewed three of the four versions of this James Hilton story. It's a wonderful story, and two superb actors (Robert Donat and Peter O'Toole) have previously played the role of Mr. Chipping (whose first name is again not mentioned this version).

Martin Clunes' effort in the role does not quite match the towering performances of the other two actors, but he's very good, and the other aspects of the production work as well as the '39 version and definitely better than the particularly flawed '69 film. Here, the logic and coherence of the story flow extremely well within less than two hours. The makeup accurately reflects the changing time period of the story exceptionally well. There is a greater emphasis on the progressive aspects of education than in the other two versions, but this emphasis contributes appropriately to the story line. The cast is uniformly excellent.

Overall, a bit less sentimental than the '39 version, which I appreciated. A worthwhile remake, and definitely worth your time - whether you've seen the other versions or not. I'd give it about 8.5 out of 10.


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