The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

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Overview

Based on the novel by Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie stars Maggie Smith in the title role. Smith won an Academy Award for her delicately textured portrayal of an eccentric teacher at an exclusive Scottish girl's school. Miss Jean exhorts her "gels" to follow their hearts and never lose their youthful idealism. Unfortunately for her, she also stumps for her favorite political figures: Mussolini and Franco. In addition, she can't keep the innermost details of her private life a secret, and in fact ...
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Overview

Based on the novel by Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie stars Maggie Smith in the title role. Smith won an Academy Award for her delicately textured portrayal of an eccentric teacher at an exclusive Scottish girl's school. Miss Jean exhorts her "gels" to follow their hearts and never lose their youthful idealism. Unfortunately for her, she also stumps for her favorite political figures: Mussolini and Franco. In addition, she can't keep the innermost details of her private life a secret, and in fact boasts about her sex life to her students. Her prize pupil (Pamela Franklin) becomes so much a clone of Miss Jean that she ends up a threat to the teacher. Ultimately, Miss Jean loses her position, but not the hearts of her students. The box-office success of Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was due in great part to the popularity of the title song, as recorded by Rod McKuen.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Ronald Neame and actress Pamela Franklin; Still gallery; Theatrical trailer; Widescreen format (aspect ratio 1.85:1); Audio: English stereo, English mono, French mono, Spanish mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Maggie Smith won an Oscar in 1969 for her lead role as a free-thinking Scottish schoolteacher between the two world wars. The film was based on a stage play, itself based on a novel by Muriel Spark. Miss Brodie exhorts her charges to be true to themselves, but she's an outspoken admirer of fascism, as well as something of a libertine. The politics were confusing, but Miss Brodie's eccentricity was mesmerizing. Veteran British cinematographer-turned-director Ronald Neame had the reins, turning out one of the biggest surprise hits of the era, a time when character studies could win both audiences and critical acclaim.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/6/2004
  • UPC: 024543119944
  • Original Release: 1969
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maggie Smith Jean Brodie
Robert Stephens Teddy Lloyd
Pamela Franklin Sandy
Gordon Jackson Gordon Lowther
Celia Johnson Miss MacKay
Jane Carr Mary McGregor
Diane Grayson Jenny
Shirley Steedman Monica
Margo Cunningham Miss Campbell
Ann Way Miss Gaunt
Isla Cameron Miss McKenzie
Helena Gloag Miss Kerr
Molly Weir Miss Alison Kerr
Rona Anderson Miss Lockhart
John Dunbar Mr. Burrage
Kristin Hatfield
Technical Credits
Ronald Neame Director
Jay Presson Allen Screenwriter
Joan Bridge Costumes/Costume Designer
Pamela Cornell Set Decoration/Design
James Cresson Co-producer
Robert Fryer Producer
Ernest Gasser Makeup
James Gesson Producer
Arthur Greenslade Musical Direction/Supervision
Elizabeth Haffenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Herbert Art Director
John Howell Production Designer
Gordon K. McCallum Sound/Sound Designer
Rod McKuen Score Composer
Jean McKuen Songwriter
Ted Moore Cinematographer
Winston Ryder Sound/Sound Designer
Norman Savage Editor
Ted Sturgis Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles/1932 [5:04]
2. On Flanders Field [8:08]
3. Pate de Foie Gras [5:37]
4. Sex Education [2:09]
5. Team Spirit [5:13]
6. Peeping Mary [1:50]
7. Music and Art [4:51]
8. Miss Brodie's Girls [4:09]
9. Dear Gordon [2:02]
10. School Days [4:16]
11. The Human Body [1:29]
12. Career Choices [3:36]
13. New Faces [3:26]
14. Youthful Fantasies [3:07]
15. Lovers' Quarrels [4:14]
16. The Glory of Italy [4:16]
17. Bewitched [1:51]
18. Heroines [2:48]
19. A Dedicated Life [3:43]
20. Facing the Truth [5:25]
21. Vendetta [1:47]
22. Like a Phoenix [2:38]
23. Crème de la Crème [5:36]
24. End Credits [3:14]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Language Selection
      Languages: English Mono
      Languages: English Stereo
      Languages: French Mono
      Languages: Spanish Mono
      Languages: Commentary by Director Ronald Neame and Actress Pamela Franklin
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Commentary by Director Ronald Neame and Actress Pamela Franklin
      Teaser Trailer
      Theatrical Trailer
      Still Gallery
      Studio Classics: An Affair to Remember
      The Grapes of Wrath
      The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
      How Green Was My Valley
      The Song of Bernadette
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best!

    This is one of the best scripted, best cast movie ever made. Not only the 'tour de force' performance by Maggie Smith as the girls' school teacher in her 'prime', but the inspired performances by everyone in the film do honor to the fine script from Muriel Spark's delightful novel. It is truly an unforgettable film. It portrays a strong but intensely romantic woman's struggle to instill individualism in her young charges in a conservative Edinburgh girls' school. Everything about her is passionate: Her teaching, her relationships with men and her devotion to her loyal students. She creates her own downfall by the very students she inspires.

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

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    One of the top dramas of all time. Maggie Smith and her brood a

    One of the top dramas of all time. Maggie Smith and her brood are Perfect.

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