The well-intentioned but frequently drunk Professor Bryant (Michael Caine) has his despair in life and boredom with teaching disrupted by the arrival of a determined female student (Julie Walters). She is married, doesn't want kids, but untiringly wants to learn more about life--the professor shares what he can. The attention to her studies places a strain on the lives of the two characters.
Adapted by Willy Russell from his stage play. Julie Walters's film debut, reprising her stage role. While Educating Rita was Julie Walters's feature film debut, she had already appeared on British TV in plays by long term friend and co-conspirator Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett (Intensive Care) and on the popular TV serial The Boys from Blackstuff.
Received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor (Caine) and Best Actress (Walters)--who won Golden Globes--and for Best Adapted Screenplay.
cast Michael Caine as Dr. Frank Bryant Julie Walters as Rita Susan White Michael Williams as Brian Maureen Lipman as Trish Jeananne Crowley as Julia Malcolm Douglas as Denny Godfrey Quigley as Rita's Father Dearbhla Molloy as Elaine Kim Fortune as Collins Philip Hurd-Wood as Tiger Christopher Casson as Professor Hilary Reynolds as Lesley Maeve Germaine as Sandra
Producer and Director: Lewis Gilbert
Director of Photography: Frank Watts
Editor: Garth Craven
Composer: David Hentschel
Screenwriter: Willy Russell
Production Designer: Maurice Fowler
UK | 110 minutes | 1983