Educating Rita Movie Review 1983

Information and Film Reviews for Educating Rita the Movie

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Walters and Caine team beautifully in this adaptation of the successful Willy Russell play which finds Rita, an uneducated hairdresser, determined to improve her knowledge of literature. In so doing, she enlists the aid of tutor Frank: a disillusioned alcoholic, adeptly played by Caine. Together, the two find inspiration in one another's differences and experiences. Ultimately, the teacher receives a lesson in how to again appreciate his work and the classics as he observes his pupil's unique approach to her studies. Some deem this a "Pygmalion" for the '80s.


Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL:, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on VHS
Running time 110 minutes.
Originally from British.

Cast and Crew

Comedy Drama, Adapted from a Play, Etiquette, Dedicated Teachers, School Daze, On the Rocks, Cuttin' Heads
Willy Russell
Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams, Maureen Lipman
Lewis Gilbert
Columbia Pictures


British Acad. 1983: Actor (Caine), Actress (Walters), Film; Golden Globes 1984: Actor--Mus./Comedy (Caine), Actress--Mus./Comedy (Walters).

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