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Educating Rita Details

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A trio of Oscar nominations and a pair of Golden Globes went to this acclaimed romantic comedy-drama based on the play by Willy Russell. Julie Walters stars as Rita, a witty, 26-year-old working class British hairdresser who decides to seek an education at Open University. Rita needs a tutor, and she selects Dr. Frank Bryant (Michael Caine), an alcoholic college literature professor whose life is a shambles. Divorced, Bryant's new lover is now having an affair with his best friend and he's increasingly depressed, seeking solace in whisky. Bryant's domestic turmoil is mirrored by Rita's, as she has opted for college over motherhood, a source of friction between her and her husband. As Rita blooms intellectually under the tutelage of Bryant, she realizes that what she really lacks is self-confidence, not education, and a gentle romance blossoms between her and Bryant. At home, however, Rita's newfound self-respect and intelligence cause her even greater pain. Director Lewis Gilbert and writer Russell teamed again six years later on the similarly-themed Shirley Valentine (1989). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:September 14, 1983

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Michael Caine Best Actor 1983 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Michael Caine Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1983 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Caine Best Actor 1983 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Willy Russell Best Screenplay 1983 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Willy Russell Best Adapted Screenplay 1983 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Julie Walters Best Actress 1983 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Julie Walters Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1983 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Julie Walters Best Actress 1983 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Lewis Gilbert Best Picture 1983 Winner

Cast

Michael Caine
as Dr. Frank Bryant
Julie Walters
as Rita
Michael Williams
as Brian
Maureen Lipman
as Trish
Jeananne Crowley
as Julia
Malcolm Douglas
as Denny
Godfrey Quigley
as Rita's Father
Alan Stanford
as Bistro Manager
Patricia Jeffares
as Rita's Mother
Christopher Casson
as Professor
Des Nealon
as Invigilator
Maeve Germaine
as Sandra
Oliver Maguire
as Tutor
Kim Fortune
as Collins
Dearbhla Molloy
as Elaine
Hilary Reynolds
as Lesley
Gerry Sullivan
as Security Officer
Derry Power
as Photographer
Philip Hurdwood
as Tiger
Gabrielle Reidy
as Barbara
Jack Walsh
as Price
Marie Conmee
as Customer in Hairdresser's

Crew

Lewis Gilbert
Director
Lewis Gilbert
Producer
Willy Russell
Screenwriter
Frank Watts
Cinematographer
David Hentschel
Composer (Music Score)
Garth Craven
Editor
Maurice Fowler
Art Director
William P. Cartlidge
Co-producer
Candice Paterson
Costume Designer
Daniel Brisseau
Sound/Sound Designer
Michel Cheyko
Sound/Sound Designer
Nuala Moiselle
Casting
Ron Davis
Supervising Sound Editor
Freddie Williamson
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