General Information

Glossary: E
Released Year: 1983
Runtime: 110 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Directors: Lewis Gilbert
Casts: Michael Caine, Maureen Lipman, Julie Walters, Dearbhla Molloy, Hilary Reynolds, Godfrey Quigley, Michael Williams, Maeve Germaine, Jeananne Crowley, Malcolm Douglas, Kim Fortune, Philip Hurd-Wood, Christopher Casson
IMDB: Educating Rita (1983)

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IMDB Rating: 7.2


Variety - Unnamed
Aided greatly by an expert film adaptation by its playwright, Willy Russell, Gilbert has come up with an irresistible story about a lively, lower-class British woman hungering for an education and the rather, staid, degenerating English professor who reluctantly provides her with one.
Empire - Unnamed
Lewis Gilbert, and two career best performances from his leading actors, give this film such energy it leaves the pleasant aroma of life and possibility.
TV Guide Magazine - Unnamed
This is a poignant if predictable take on the English class system, buoyed by an effervescent performance from Walters.
Christian Science Monitor - David Sterritt
The plot is ''Pygmalion'' warmed over, but Michael Caine and Julie Walters give sparkling performances, and director Lewis Gilbert keeps the action humming along.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - Jay Scott
The achievement of Educating Rita is a function of the distinguished performances, the agreeably archetypal situation and the scissor-sharp lines. [23 Sep 1983]

Educating Rita (1983)

Rita, a witty 26-year-old hairdresser, wants to 'discover' herself so she joins an Open University where she meets the disillusioned professor of literature, Dr. Frank Bryant. His marriage has failed, his new girlfriend is having an affair with his best friend and he can't get through the day without downing a bottle or two of whisky. What Frank needs is a challenge... and along comes Rita.