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Educating Rita Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! 

By Andrew Wright

Michael Caine and the knockout Julie Walters deliver a pair of wonderful performances in this endearingly bittersweet tale of a boozily burnt-out professor's tutoring of (and subsequent tutoring by) a free-spirited cockney hairdresser determined to improve her lot in life. The basic plot won't exactly surprise anyone who's ever seen a movie before, but the ace cast (particularly Caine, who's rarely this subtle) continually finds new directions to spin off from the rather rote path. Although the end result is perhaps just a little too convinced of its own adorability to attain classic status, this remains a rarity in the genre--a feel-good film that earns its emotions honestly. A nice change of pace for director Lewis Gilbert, who is perhaps better known for his contributions to the James Bond series.

Academy Awards

Educating Rita received Academy Awards nominations for Actor (Michael Caine), Actress (Julie Walters), and Writing (Best Screenplay based on material from another medium: Willy Russell).

 

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Buy this VHS movie from Amazon.com! (Click here!)DVD unavailableBuy this soundtrack from Amazon.com! (Click here!)Rated PGNot on an American Film Institute 100 list

Director: Lewis Gilbert

Stars: Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams, Maureen Lipman, Jeananne Crowley, Malcolm Douglas

Released: September 21, 1983

Availability: VHS CD


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