Educating Rita


(out of 5)

Delightful modern update of Pygmalion, with as a befuddled alcoholic professor and 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.

United Kingdom, 1983

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on his play

Cinematography by

Produced by Lewis Gilbert

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Michael Caine as “Dr. Frank Bryant”)
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Julie Walters as “Rita”)
Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material From Another Medium) (Willy Russell)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Julie Waters)
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Michael Caine)

Best Foreign Film (United Kingdom)
Best Screenplay (Willy Russell)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

British Academy Awards
Best Film
Best Actor (Michael Caine) (tie)
Best Actress (Julie Walters)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Maureen Lipman)
Best Screenplay – Adapted
Most Outstanding Newcomer to Film (Julie Walters)


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