Rent Educating Rita (1983)

3.8 of 5 from 159 ratings
1h 45min
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Synopsis:
Rita (Julie Walters), a hairdresser with a sharp wit, is married to Denny (Malcolm Douglas), and at 26 doesn't want a baby. She wants to discover herself - so she joins the Open University. Dr. Frank Bryant (Michael Caine) is a disillusioned university professor of literature. His marriage has failed, his girlfriend is having an affair with his best friend and he can't get through the day without drowning a bottle or two of whiskey. He refers to himself as an appalling teacher of appalling students. What Frank needs is a challenge...along comes Rita. In this hilarious and often moving drama, the story tells how two people find a new lease of life through each other.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Lewis Gilbert
Writers:
Willy Russell
Studio:
Carlton Video
Genres:
British Films, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Countries:
UK
Awards:

1984 BAFTA Best Actor

1984 BAFTA Best Actress

1984 BAFTA Best Film

BBFC:
Release Date:
11/08/2008
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0, English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Original USA and UK Theatrical Trailers
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/05/2018
Run Time:
106 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Original USA and UK Theatrical Trailers

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New lease of life ? - Educating Rita review by GF

Spoiler Alert
02/03/2021

The story tells of Rita, a young woman of little education, who enrols for an Open University course on English Literature, a subject on which she is profoundly ignorant. She is assigned to a tutor who at first turns her away as an unsuitable pupil, but then, finding her intent on completing the course, reluctantly teaches her how to answer exam questions on literature in the approved manner, although he points out that this involves suppressing her natural feelings, and indeed even her personality. With a couple of excellent actors this makes an amusing story, but it is not clear what the filmmakers wanted for Rita, or wanted us to think about her. She works hard and makes impossibly rapid progress, but whether this is of value to her is doubtful. She is torn, or perhaps one should say liberated, from her old environment, she loses her marriage, her job as a hairdresser, and the friends with whom she used to enjoy herself at the pub, but she fails to find any new environment to which she is at all fitted. She seems to be left in Limbo. She passes her exam, for which she has been well coached, but if this is supposed to be a happy ending it is only on a very superficial level.

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