• Educating Rita (1983)

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Release Date: September 21st, 1983

DVD Release Date: January 24th, 2006

PG|1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary
Rita (Julie Walters), a married hair stylist in her 20s, wants to go back to school. She begins studying with Dr. Bryant (Michael Caine), a professor using alcohol to cope with his divorce. Despite his personal problems, Dr. Bryant helps Rita realize her academic potential. In turn, her passion for learning revitalizes his love of teaching. However, when Rita's blue-collar spouse learns that his wife is more interested in education than homemaking, he becomes frustrated by her independence.

Cast: Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams, Maureen Lipman, Jeananne Crowley, Malcolm Douglas, Patrick Daly

Director: Lewis Gilbert

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Distributors: RCA/Columbia, Columbia Pictures

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  • This is a poignant if predictable take on the English class system, buoyed by an effervescent performance from Walters. show more

  • Educating Rita, which might have been a charming human comedy, disintegrated into a forced march through a formula relationship. show more

  • The achievement of Educating Rita is a function of the distinguished performances, the agreeably archetypal situation and the scissor-sharp lines. [23 Sep 1983]

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