• Educating Rita (1983)

Educating Rita

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

Keywords: Transformation, Endearing, Love, England, Rise, 1980s, Witty, Wife, Husband

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    TV Guide Magazine

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

  • 63
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Winner Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1983)
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1983)
Winner Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1983)
Nominated Most Outstanding Newcomer to Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1983)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1983)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1983)