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Educating Rita (1983)

educatingritaAdapted from Willy Russell’s play, Educating Rita retains its charm and poignancy in this cosy film version.

Rita, (Julie Walters) a working-class hairdresser with a sharp wit, is married to Denny, and at 26 doesn’t want a baby. She wants to discover herself, so she joins the Open University.

Dr. Frank Bryant (Michael Caine) is a disillusioned university professor of literature. His marriage has failed, his girlfriend is having an affair with his best friend and he can’t get through the day without downing a bottle or two of whisky.

He refers to himself as an appalling teacher of appalling students. What Frank needs is a challenge – along comes Rita . . .

As Rita’s intellectual perspective extends, she becomes torn between her oppressive home life and the attractive, but pretentious, world of her amorous tutor.

Dr Frank Bryant
Michael Caine
Rita

Julie Walters
Brian

Michael Williams
Trish

Maureen Lipman
Julia

Jeananne Crowley
Denny

Malcolm Douglas

Director
Lewis Gilbert

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