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Educating Rita


Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams, Maureen Lipman View All


Lewis Gilbert (Director), Willy Russell (Screenplay) View All

Release: Feb. 2nd, 1983
Runtime: 1 hour, 50 minutes
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.
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An educated man takes a cockney woman under his tutelage and gives her an education (everything she thought she wanted) and she holds a mirror to his face and inspires him to (hopefully) clean up and stop drinking and start over in Australia.
Every time the story shifted to Rita and her life away from Frank, the film came to a screeching halt and I didn't like the way Rita started to turn away from Frank when the daytime students began socializing with her.


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