Educating Rita

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Educating Rita

Lewis Gilbert
GB, 1983
110min, OF

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Educating Rita

Lewis Gilbert
GB, 1983
, 110min, OF

Cast: 
Michael Caine
Frank Bryant
Julie Walters
Rita White
Michael Williams
Brian
Maureen Lipman
Trish
Jeananne Crowley
Julia
Malcolm Douglas
Denny
Screenplay: 
Willy Russell nach seinem gleichnamigen Theaterstück
Sound: 
Daniel Brisseau
Liam Saurin
Camera: 
Frank Watts
Editor: 
Garth Craven
Composer: 
David Hentschel
Decoration: 
Maurice Fowler
Costume: 
Candy Paterson

Production: 
Acorn Pictures
Format: 
35 mm
Color

EDUCATING RITA is based upon Willy Russell’s play of the same title. Rita is a young working-class woman with a burning desire for education. Enrolling on an Open University literature course, she is taken under the reluctant wing of a semi-alcoholic english professor, Frank. Both Julie Walters and Michael Caine are great, and their banter, their debates, and even their screaming matches are delights. Lewis Gilbert has taken a two-person play from stage to screen and cracked it open, but the core of the play – all that great dialogue – is still there. (Don Willmott)