Academy Award®-winner Michael Caine (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Cider House Rules, 1999, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Hannah and Her Sisters, 1986) along with Julie Walters earned well-deserved 1983 Oscar® no... more »minations (Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively) for their outstanding performances in this brilliant, bittersweet comedy. Walters is Rita, a working-class woman seeking the path to self-discovery. Bored with her life as a hairdresser, and under pressure from her husband to start a family, she enrolls in literature tutorials at a British university determined to better herself. Caine is Frank Bryant, the disillusioned English professor who is assigned to teach her. While Frank watches Rita embark on a radical transformation, his own life takes on a different kind of transformation as he finds himself falling in love with Rita while sinking into the depths of his alcoholism. Earning a third Oscar® nomination for its screenplay by William Russell (based on his play), Educating Rita is a very funny, very charming and thoroughly entertaining film.« less
Fletcherfan | Douglasville, GA United States | 12/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am so pleased that Educating Rita is finally coming to DVD. I have tried to purchase it in the past with no luck and my VHS is broke.
If you are reading this review and want to know the synopsis, basically a young hairdresser wants to become more than she is. She feels that only through education will she have more choices open to her. She works privately with a tutor, Frank(Caine), who is an alcoholic. During the time they spend together, each looks at the other with 'the grass is greener' philosophy. Frank thinks that Rita is perfect the ways she is. Rita wants what Frank has. The trade off for each is what makes the film bitter sweet. You so want Rita to achieve her dream, but at a cost of who she is , is painful. What happens? You will have to watch. My tape broke about 3 years ago, so I am very much looking forward to this film.
If you enjoy British slice of life films, this is a must. IF you love Michael Caine or Julie Walters, this is a must. I recommend this very highly. It is an overlooked cinematic treasure."
Good Reason To Love This Film
Ms. S. K. Williams | London, UK | 02/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of my all-time favourite films, "Educating Rita" is absolutely brilliant rich in truth, feeling, terrific acting and a wonderfully written script which well-draws the two protagonists together. Julie Walters is excellent as the jaunty yet unfulfilled Liverpudlian hairdresser who desperately yearns for an educated mind and the somewhat underrated actor Michael Caine also gives a good performance as her depressed English tutor who wollows in his own self-pity. In eachother, they find a new lease of life and stike a special friendship which eventually benefits the pair of them. And I simply loved the fact that the writer, Willy Russell, didn't take advantage of the fact that they were good friends of the opposite sex and make them a couple and the way in which we see Rita gradually develop and find herself. Terrific stuff."
An overlooked gem of a romantic movie!
Shashank Tripathi | Gadabout | 04/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Educating Rita", directed by Lewis Gilbert, is an overlooked gem of a film. Based on a London stage play, "Educating Rita" (a copy of which is sold by Amazon.co.uk for those who are interested) is the story of a 27-year old middle class London hairdresser/housewife (Julie Walters, in a convincing, touching performance) who, before having children, would like very much to learn about herself. Much to the annoyance of her husband, she enrolls in an "open university" literature course to begin her journey (open university is the British term for college night courses). Assigned as her tutor is Frank (Michael Caine, in his deservedly award-winning role), an older literature professor who suffers from low self esteem and has his own relationship problems.But no, this movie is not what you would "typically" expect that storyline to be like. The feel of the movie is very play like -- fans of Glengarry or Death of a Salesman or movies of such ilk would immediately identify. Had this film been made in the glam throes of Hollywood, Rita and Frank would have hit the sack within two scenes of meeting each other (and it would have been graphic, of course), then realized they were in love, followed by the inevitable obstacle to their relationship (probably a misunderstanding or rival for affections), finally ending up with them overcoming all. Every character and plot point would have been telegraphed well in advance. "Educating Rita" does none of this. There are no graphic sex scenes (or any sex scenes for that matter), no grand pronouncements of love, no cliche cliffhangers or deaths in icy seas. Instead, the story portrays Rita and Frank in a very realistic, human manner. As the story unfolds, we watch as they grow as individuals which causes their friendship to become richer. There are turns to the plot which are unexpected. I will not divulge what the end result is, as it is very unconventional and is sure to bring a lump to the throat of any romantic.Quite simply, "Educating Rita" is a very overlooked excellent character study framed by a wonderful story. One of my all time romantic favorites. Definitely your rental dollar well spent."
Bittersweet and fuuuneeee!
Peggy Vincent | Oakland, CA | 04/18/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"No one can play a world-weary, boozy burnout as well as Michael Caine. Well, maybe Michael Douglas (Wonder Boys) is sneaking up on him, but still. In Educating Rita, Caine has his hands full with Julie Walters, playing a Cockney hairdresser who is dead set on getting "an edjacation." She's a gum-chewing, short-skirted, sassy-mouthed trollop, and he's a...well, he's mostly out of his depth when in her presence.
It's a feel-good movie that lives up to its expectations and has managed to stand the test of time."
S. Hebbron | Leicester UK | 02/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film is wonderfully enriching, energising and fresh. It's hard to believe it is now 22 years old. Caine is the perfection as the cynical and alcoholic Frank, a jaded University lecturer who's life is changed by the presence a gutsy, gritty and uneducated hairdresser, Rita (Walters)an enthusiastic Open University student who is a world away from the usual privelaged teenagers he teaches. This was Walters first real outing as a Film actress and all the passion and commitment she brings to her roles are truly in evidence here. Rita's growth and self discovery through literature study enlivens the drunken Frank so much it is evident he has fallen in love with her, but Rita has other plans for herself and the couple spectularly fall out. The end of the film concerns itself with the resolution of their freindship and both seeking out new lives. It's harsh and beautiful in equal measure and Walters and Caine set the screen alight with dynamic chemistry. A must see!"