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  • Number of discs: 1
  • DVD Release Date: December 16, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AJ34DU

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Hebbron on February 15, 2005
This film is wonderfully enriching, energising and fresh.

It's hard to believe it is now 22 years old.

Caine is the perfection as the cynical and alcoholic Frank, a jaded University lecturer who's life is changed by the presence a gutsy, gritty and uneducated hairdresser, Rita (Walters)an enthusiastic Open University student who is a world away from the usual privelaged teenagers he teaches.

This was Walters first real outing as a Film actress and all the passion and commitment she brings to her roles are truly in evidence here. Rita's growth and self discovery through literature study enlivens the drunken Frank so much it is evident he has fallen in love with her, but Rita has other plans for herself and the couple spectularly fall out.

The end of the film concerns itself with the resolution of their freindship and both seeking out new lives. It's harsh and beautiful in equal measure and Walters and Caine set the screen alight with dynamic chemistry. A must see!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rudolf Spoerer on April 28, 2005
Just had a chance to see this Micheal Caine film and Im waitinf for the DVD to be released. The movie was a pleasure and a great way to spend a quiet afternoon. Micheal Caine plays a drunken, 'who cares' professor at one of the old stuffy English universities, totally stuck in a rut ..... The university, in an attempt to meld with the 'commoners' of the community has opened up some slots for older students to receive tutoring and a 'higher' education ...

The professor is assigned a very very common hairdresser who has pre-conceived nothions as to how the upper class thinks and behaves. She is like a breath of fresh air and we see her change right before our eyes as she is introduced to the arts.

Caine of course is completely taken by her and feels hesitant to accept her as a student for fear of 'jading' what is obviously a very intelligent 'free thinking' person that he has always wanted to be ..

Great great film
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Smith on December 18, 2003
Only Kate from London got it right about the character played by Julie Waters. One reviewer stated that she was a cockney, and the other said she was a London housewife.
Of course she was a Liverpudlian; one who is from Liverpool.
The character would not have been nearly as funny had she been from any other place. The accent and Liverpool attitude is what makes this film work so well.
One of my favorite movies. Have watched it about eight times over the years. It never looses its luster.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "szettner" on December 13, 2003
Educating Rita is absolutely my favorite movie. It's done by the same writer who did Shirley Valentine, which is also a brilliant must see.
Some other comedies I liked, so you get an idea of my tastes: Paper Moon, Much Ado About Nothing, The Full Monty, The Distinguished Gentleman, Romancing the Stone, Tootsie...
It's ironic british humor at its best, which takes on class distinctions and how education is used to track people. This movie would be great for anyone who hates the SAT and what things like that represent. Lovely dialog.
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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on August 9, 2004
He is a dilussionated poet , who does not dare the risks of the creation , she loves much more the drink than the creation and above all he is just in a step of divorce . She is a dynamic hairdresser who eally wants to culturize herself the faster as she can to escape from the social hole .

Keep in mind that the approach given for Michael Caine was The blue Angel in the role of that monumental actor named Emil Jannings . Caine himself established this premise in a interview of a famous program hosted by James Lipton .

The only point in which I do not agree is the ending sequence , it looks a bit old fashioned .

A good actoral work and watchable film .
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