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The Browning Version

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Director: Mike Figgis, John K. Watson

Cast: Albert Finney, Greta Scacchi

 

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Forty-three years after the first screen treatment of Terence Rattigan's play about a teacher facing the end of his career, Albert Finney takes on the role of Mr. Crocker-Harris, the Latin teacher forced into early retirement by a heart condition. After teaching in a public school for twenty years, Crocker-Harris is being put out to pasture in a less stressful job

Overview

Forty-three years after the first screen treatment of Terence Rattigan's play about a teacher facing the end of his career, Albert Finney takes on the role of Mr. Crocker-Harris, the Latin teacher forced into early retirement by a heart condition. After teaching in a public school for twenty years, Crocker-Harris is being put out to pasture in a less stressful job teaching English to foreigners. Meanwhile, his home life is also falling apart: his wife (Greta Scacchi) is having an affair with the American chemistry teacher (Matthew Modine), who nevertheless admires Crocker-Harris for his dignity and decency. Through it all, Crocker-Harris hides his pain behind his stiff British reserve.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Versatile Albert Finney is at home in the role of Crocker-Harris, a gruff schoolmaster who requires his high-born brats to recite Aeschylus in the original Greek. When Taplow presents him the Browning version on a soccer field, Finney weeps unsentimentally; his tears contain salt, not sugar. His brilliant performance reminds us all of the unfeeling classroom overlord we hated in our school days but later grew to love in the hurly-burly of everyday life for which he prepared us. Scriptwriter Ronald Harwood's rendition of the Terence Rattigan play on which the film is based has obvious strengths and weaknesses. One of the strengths is the subtle parallels -- between Agamemnon and Crocker-Harris and between Taplow and Crocker-Harris -- that illuminate Finney's character. One of the weaknesses is the melodramatic speech at the end. Scacchi has sufficient spleen to make her character believable, and young Silverstone exhibits sensitivity as Taplow. The Browning Version is a worthy film that received mixed reviews, perhaps because the naysayers incorrectly translated and interpreted its main character.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2003
UPC:
0097363288145
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs.; Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround; English Dolby Surround; French Stereo; English Subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Albert Finney Andrew Crocker-Harris
Greta Scacchi Laura Crocker-Harris
Matthew Modine Frank Hunter
Julian Sands Tom Gilbert
Michael Gambon Dr. Frobisher
Maryam D'Abo Diana
Ben Silverstone Taplow
Susie Figgis Actor
Heathcote Williams Dr. Lake
Oliver Milburn Trubshaw
Jeff Nuttall Lord Baxter
Dinah Stabb Jane Frobisher
Belinda Low Rowena Baxter
George Harris Adakendi Senior
Mark Long Foster

Technical Credits
Mike Figgis Director
John K. Watson Director
John Beard Production Designer
Fotini Dimou Costumes/Costume Designer
Susie Figgis Casting
Ronald Harwood Screenwriter
Mark Isham Score Composer
Chris Munro Musical Direction/Supervision
Mimi Polk Producer
Jean-François Robin Cinematographer
Herve Schneid Editor
Ridley Scott Producer
Mimi Polk Sotela Producer
Olivia Stewart Associate Producer
Garth Thomas Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Morning Prayers [5:01]
2. The New Language Department [4:50]
3. Upper Fifth Science [3:12]
4. The Crock [5:41]
5. "The Agamemnon" [6:59]
6. Extra Lessons [3:21]
7. A Very Free Translation [5:00]
8. Clytemnestra [7:22]
9. The Two Most Stressful Things in Life [6:12]
10. Hitler of the Lower Fifth [5:44]
11. Cricket [3:39]
12. The Browning Version [5:10]
13. A Gentle Master [4:20]
14. Worlds Apart [5:11]
15. Enough [6:26]
16. An Entirely Different Light [7:01]
17. Farewell [8:24]
18. Credits [3:23]

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The Browning Version 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Albert Finney's best performance. Sometimes the most disliked teachers are the most memorable and effective.