Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
United Kingdom, 1983. Acorn Pictures. Screenplay by Willy Russell, based on his play. Cinematography by Frank Watts. Produced by Lewis Gilbert. Music by David Hentschel. Production Design by Maurice Fowler. Costume Design by Candy Paterson. Film Editing by Garth Craven.
Delightful modern update of Pygmalion, with Michael Caine as a befuddled alcoholic professor and Julie Walters as a working-class hairdresser who longs for a better life and a better education. Working in tutorials with Caine, Walters discovers that all she needs is the confidence to tackle her work and believe in herself as an educated woman and she can experience everything in life she wants. Very inspiring and a great message about people bettering themselves when they really have the desire to do it. Walters is unbelievably good.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Actor (Michael Caine); Best Actress (Julie Walters); Best Adapted Screenplay
Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Michael Caine); Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Julie Walters)
Nominations: Best Screenplay; Best Foreign Film