Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

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Director: Ronald Neame

Cast: Maggie Smith, Robert Stephens, Pamela Franklin

     
 

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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 stumpsSee more details below

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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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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/06/2004
UPC:
0024543119944
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:55:00

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

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
Kristin Hatfield Actor
John Dunbar Mr. Burrage

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
Jean McKuen Songwriter
Rod McKuen Score Composer
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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