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Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The (1969)

Period drama starring Maggie Smith in her Oscar-winning role as the eccentric Scottish teacher whose unorthodox views and teaching methods entrance pupils at an exclusive Edinburgh girls’ school in the 1930s.


Her idealism inspires her band of girls, but then her cosy world begins to fall apart.

Although Vanessa Redgrave was a hit in the West End version of Muriel Spark’s novel, few would argue that the part of liberated schoolmarm Jean Brodie now belongs solely to Smith.

Never have such politically incorrect opinions been expressed with such disarming charm or been received with such trusting innocence.

While Smith thoroughly deserved her Oscar, it is somewhat surprising that Celia Johnson was overlooked for her superb performance as the disapproving headmistress.

Robert Stephens and Gordon Jackson are also on form as the men in Smith’s life, and Pamela Franklin impresses as the pupil who turns Judas.


Jean Brodie
Maggie Smith
Teddy Lloyd
Robert Stephens
Pamela Franklin
Gordon Lowther
Gordon Jackson
Miss Mackay
Celia Johnson
Diane Grayson
Mary McGregor
Jane Carr
Shirley Steedman
Emily Carstairs
Lavinia Lang
Helen McPhee
Antoinette Biggerstaff
Miss Campbell
Margo Cunningham
Miss McKenzie
Isla Cameron
Miss Lockhart
Rona Anderson
Miss Gaunt
Ann Way
Miss Allison Kerr
Molly Weir