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Educating Rita (1983)

Michael Caine , Julie Walters , Lewis Gilbert  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams, Maureen Lipman, Jeananne Crowley
  • Directors: Lewis Gilbert
  • Writers: Willy Russell
  • Producers: Lewis Gilbert, Herbert L. Oakes, William P. Cartlidge
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C20VSW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,736 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Educating Rita" on IMDb

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Academy Award(r)-winner Michael Caine (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, TheCider House Rules, 1999, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Hannah and Her Sisters, 1986) along with Julie Walters earned well-deserved 1983 Oscar(r) nominations (Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively) for their outstanding performances in this brilliant, bittersweet comedy. Walters is Rita, a working-class woman seeking the path to self-discovery. Bored with her life as a hairdresser, and under pressure from her husband to start a family, she enrolls in literature tutorials at a British university determined to better herself. Caine is FrankBryant, the disillusioned English professor who is assigned to teach her. While Frank watches Rita embark on a radical transformation, his own life takes on a different kind of transformation as he finds himself falling in love with Rita while sinking into the depths of his alcoholism. Earning a third Oscar(r) nomination for its screenplay by William Russell (based on h

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Treasure! December 12, 2005
I am so pleased that Educating Rita is finally coming to DVD. I have tried to purchase it in the past with no luck and my VHS is broke.

If you are reading this review and want to know the synopsis, basically a young hairdresser wants to become more than she is. She feels that only through education will she have more choices open to her. She works privately with a tutor, Frank(Caine), who is an alcoholic. During the time they spend together, each looks at the other with 'the grass is greener' philosophy. Frank thinks that Rita is perfect the ways she is. Rita wants what Frank has. The trade off for each is what makes the film bitter sweet. You so want Rita to achieve her dream, but at a cost of who she is , is painful. What happens? You will have to watch. My tape broke about 3 years ago, so I am very much looking forward to this film.

If you enjoy British slice of life films, this is a must. IF you love Michael Caine or Julie Walters, this is a must. I recommend this very highly. It is an overlooked cinematic treasure.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked gem of a romantic movie! April 6, 2003
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"Educating Rita", directed by Lewis Gilbert, is an overlooked gem of a film. Based on a London stage play, "Educating Rita" (a copy of which is sold by for those who are interested) is the story of a 27-year old middle class London hairdresser/housewife (Julie Walters, in a convincing, touching performance) who, before having children, would like very much to learn about herself. Much to the annoyance of her husband, she enrolls in an "open university" literature course to begin her journey (open university is the British term for college night courses). Assigned as her tutor is Frank (Michael Caine, in his deservedly award-winning role), an older literature professor who suffers from low self esteem and has his own relationship problems.
But no, this movie is not what you would "typically" expect that storyline to be like. The feel of the movie is very play like -- fans of Glengarry or Death of a Salesman or movies of such ilk would immediately identify.
Had this film been made in the glam throes of Hollywood, Rita and Frank would have hit the sack within two scenes of meeting each other (and it would have been graphic, of course), then realized they were in love, followed by the inevitable obstacle to their relationship (probably a misunderstanding or rival for affections), finally ending up with them overcoming all. Every character and plot point would have been telegraphed well in advance. "Educating Rita" does none of this. There are no graphic sex scenes (or any sex scenes for that matter), no grand pronouncements of love, no cliche cliffhangers or deaths in icy seas. Instead, the story portrays Rita and Frank in a very realistic, human manner. As the story unfolds, we watch as they grow as individuals which causes their friendship to become richer.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Reason To Love This Film February 29, 2000
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One of my all-time favourite films, "Educating Rita" is absolutely brilliant rich in truth, feeling, terrific acting and a wonderfully written script which well-draws the two protagonists together. Julie Walters is excellent as the jaunty yet unfulfilled Liverpudlian hairdresser who desperately yearns for an educated mind and the somewhat underrated actor Michael Caine also gives a good performance as her depressed English tutor who wollows in his own self-pity. In eachother, they find a new lease of life and stike a special friendship which eventually benefits the pair of them. And I simply loved the fact that the writer, Willy Russell, didn't take advantage of the fact that they were good friends of the opposite sex and make them a couple and the way in which we see Rita gradually develop and find herself. Terrific stuff.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet and fuuuneeee! April 17, 2004
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No one can play a world-weary, boozy burnout as well as Michael Caine. Well, maybe Michael Douglas (Wonder Boys) is sneaking up on him, but still. In Educating Rita, Caine has his hands full with Julie Walters, playing a Cockney hairdresser who is dead set on getting "an edjacation." She's a gum-chewing, short-skirted, sassy-mouthed trollop, and he's a...well, he's mostly out of his depth when in her presence.
It's a feel-good movie that lives up to its expectations and has managed to stand the test of time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! November 24, 2002
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Educating Rita is truly a joy from start to finish. Willy Russell's fantastic adaptation of his own successful stage play is firmly complimented by the divine suitability of Michael Caine and the golden Julie Walters in the lead roles. Julie Walters plays a sassy, street-smart, working-class heroine who is desperate to better herself though has obstacles thrown in her path as her husband fails to share Walters gutsy enthusiasm in making a better life for herself. Michael Caine turns up in one of his greatest roles yet as the drunken teacher who quickly succumbs to Walters down-to-earth charms. There is great feeling between Caine and Walters and both seemingly play off each other. Walters gets to deliver the funniest lines with her sharp, witty outlook on life though is given ample opportunity to display her true powerful range of acting abilities as does Caine. Both put in concentrated performances and approach their roles perfectly. They are given noble support from some fine British actors/esses such as Michael Williams as Brian who is secretly having a sordid affair with Caines wife and Maureen Lipman as the loveably eccentric Trish who's performance is vastly effective. A superb and unique film that sticks closely to the play and never overplays its hand. A true British comedy-drama masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars backgrounds all great and it is the best INSPIRATIONAL dvd for those...
the dvd you need for a "date movie".....story,, acting , backgrounds all great and it is the best INSPIRATIONAL dvd for those who are struggling towards a goal with... Read more
Published 6 days ago by RCMP
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this movie. Become educated.
What a wonderful movie. I saw it when it first came out in the 60's and I love it even more now. The self-actualization of the two characters made the movie. Read more
Published 14 days ago by discriminating
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
don't miss this gem!!
Published 16 days ago by Bruce J Dizon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A classic!
Published 1 month ago by John Bowdle
5.0 out of 5 stars Educating Rita
One of my favorite movies!
Published 2 months ago by BetterBooks_2U
5.0 out of 5 stars so much fun
i fell in love with Rita and Michael Caine's character Frank was a really well done run down geezer. each one so well done and what else is there?
Published 6 months ago by aldo ray
5.0 out of 5 stars What a way to learn
This is a delightful tale of an uneducated woman, who wants something better in her life. We go through all types of emotions as we follow Rita through the ends and outs of higher... Read more
Published 7 months ago by ashley edwards
1.0 out of 5 stars Review of Product From Amazon.
Didn't get to watch the movie, as the DVD doesn't work! When the DVD is inserted, my player sends a message that reads 'Wrong Region", and I have never seen that before. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robert C Hughes
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD order
I will never again order from Amazon as when I put the DVD in, it said I couldn't play it because it was "out of region" or some such nonsense. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nancy Flanagan
4.0 out of 5 stars very good movie!
i love it. both of them had super performance. it is now part of my favorite collection. no more to be said.
Published 7 months ago by cui jian
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