Educating Rita

Educating Rita

Director: Lewis Gilbert

Cast: Lewis Gilbert, Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams

     
 

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A trio of Oscar nominations and a pair of Golden Globes went to this acclaimed romantic comedy-drama based on the play by Willy Russell. Julie Walters stars as Rita, a witty, 26-year-old working class British hairdresser who decides to seek an education at Open University. Rita needs a tutor, and she selects Dr. Frank Bryant (Michael Caine), an alcoholic college… See more details below

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A trio of Oscar nominations and a pair of Golden Globes went to this acclaimed romantic comedy-drama based on the play by Willy Russell. Julie Walters stars as Rita, a witty, 26-year-old working class British hairdresser who decides to seek an education at Open University. Rita needs a tutor, and she selects Dr. Frank Bryant (Michael Caine), an alcoholic college literature professor whose life is a shambles. Divorced, Bryant's new lover is now having an affair with his best friend and he's increasingly depressed, seeking solace in whisky. Bryant's domestic turmoil is mirrored by Rita's, as she has opted for college over motherhood, a source of friction between her and her husband. As Rita blooms intellectually under the tutelage of Bryant, she realizes that what she really lacks is self-confidence, not education, and a gentle romance blossoms between her and Bryant. At home, however, Rita's newfound self-respect and intelligence cause her even greater pain. Director Lewis Gilbert and writer Russell teamed again six years later on the similarly-themed Shirley Valentine (1989).

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2006
UPC:
0043396078987
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:51:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Caine Dr. Frank Bryant
Julie Walters Rita
Michael Williams Brian
Maureen Lipman Trish
Jeananne Crowley Julia
Malcolm Douglas Denny
Godfrey Quigley Rita's Father
Gerry Sullivan Security Officer
Dearbhla Molloy Elaine
Pat Daly Bursar
Kim Fortune Collins
Philip Hurdwood Tiger
Hilary Reynolds Lesley
Jack Walsh Price
Christopher Casson Professor
Gabrielle Reidy Barbara
Des Nealon Invigilator
Marie Conmee Customer in Hairdresser's
Oliver Maguire Tutor
Derry Power Photographer
Alan Stanford Bistro Manager
Patricia Jeffares Rita's Mother
Maeve Germaine Sandra

Technical Credits
Lewis Gilbert Director,Producer
Daniel Brisseau Sound/Sound Designer
William P. Cartlidge Co-producer
Michel Cheyko Sound/Sound Designer
Garth Craven Editor
Maurice Fowler Art Director
David Hentschel Score Composer
Nuala Moiselle Casting
Candice Paterson Costumes/Costume Designer
Willy Russell Screenwriter
Frank Watts Cinematographer
Freddie Williamson Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Educating Rita
1. Start [2:20]
2. Dead Poets [3:06]
3. Not Susan Anymore [9:51]
4. Dinner Appetizers [3:04]
5. Selective Fiction [5:00]
6. Denny [4:09]
7. "I'm Going to Leave Elaine" [1:44]
8. Peer Gynt [3:56]
9. Denny Burns the Books [1:36]
10. "I'm Begunnung to Find Me" [3:42]
11. Macbeth [6:52]
12. Sending Her Regrets [2:26]
13. An Outcast [4:09]
14. Sandra's Wedding [4:05]
15. Worthless But Wonderful [:10]
16. "Dear Frank..." [4:41]
17. Blake [4:00]
18. Trish [1:55]
19. A Matter of Reform [1:39]
20. Loaded Lecturer [6:57]
21. Roaring Twenties [4:04]
22. Disconnected [3:54]
23. Mr. Self-Pity [1:46]
24. Trish tops Herself [4:59]
25. Seeking Susan [1:36]
26. The Examination [7:01]
27. Two Years in Australia [1:27]
28. Passed With Distinction [5:26]
29. Chapter 29 [5:03]

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