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Educating Rita (Bilingual)

Michael Caine , Julie Walters , Lewis Gilbert    DVD
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Michael Caine and the knockout Julie Walters deliver a pair of wonderful performances in this endearingly bittersweet tale of a boozily burnt-out professor's tutoring of (and subsequent tutoring by) a free-spirited cockney hairdresser determined to improve her lot in life. The basic plot won't exactly surprise anyone who's ever seen a movie before, but the ace cast (particularly Caine, who's rarely this subtle) continually finds new directions to spin off from the rather rote path. Although the end result is perhaps just a little too convinced of its own adorability to attain classic status, this remains a rarity in the genre--a feel-good film that earns its emotions honestly. A nice change of pace for director Lewis Gilbert, who is perhaps better known for his contributions to the James Bond series. --Andrew Wright

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Heroine's Journey July 25 2013
I love this movie ... having first seen it in a movie theatre. On the surface it is a comedy with some tragedy for good measure and reality, the script is poignant and smart. The gem of this film is that underneath a first glance it is the journey of a Heroic arc, a transformation of a life, grant it one woman's journey but it is still a map. The chemistry and acting of all the characters is as real as a film can be ... I don't know how many times I've seen this film but I'm thrilled it's finally available in DVD so that anytime I need inspiration I can watch it over and over.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Educating Rita Jan. 4 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
What a great movie and came within a short time. Only wish you had Shirley Valentine on DVD at a reasonable price as well !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mint March 23 2012
By dh92
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
DVD was in mint condition when I received. Came exactly as expected. The movie is well done and is comedic at times. Good for a laugh.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lively performances, predictable writing July 20 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Educating Rita is a kick, with a wonderful performance from Julie Walters at its heart. Michael Caine, too, is perfectly cast as a poet long since turned to the bottle. Watching those two play off of one another is good fun; they breathe life into the pat writing. When the story wanders out to follow either character out in the world, the minor characters are much less well rounded. (She has a loutish cockney husband and family, he has intellectual friends who bring wine to parties. Surprised?)
If you understand the basic outline of the plot here -- cockney young woman trying to raise herself in charmingly spirited fashion, professor in his cups who finds the upstart refreshing -- you aren't going to be surprised by where the story goes. Educating Rita does handle all the likely turns with grace, though, and that lets you concentrate on appreciating the acting. The movie's very watchable and has a good heart.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "...to sing a better song..." June 24 2010
Rita White (Julie Walters) is a spunky, 26-year old working class woman who wants to improve her lot. She enrolls in a special Open University class and meets with her tutor, Frank (Michael Caine) once a week to study great literature. Frank, who spends his days in an alcoholic haze, is at first intrigued and later enthralled with the outspoken Rita.

This is a wonderful showcase for the talented Julie Walters, who carries the film on her young and petite shoulders. She is dazzling and thoroughly likeable and every word spoken in her thick Liverpool accent rings honest and true. Caine lets her shine by downplaying Frank, who is hopelessly morose and more than a bit lazy. Both were rightly nominated for best acting Oscars.

The inevitable transformation/ improvement of both characters is sweet and uplifting without being overly-sentimental. Walters, best known these days as the matronly Mrs. Weasley, is quite young and attractive and lights up the screen with her charisma. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Educating Rita March 15 2010
Educating Rita was introduced to me when practice teaching in a grade 12 Religion class. It was used to illustrate the necessity of exploring oneself in order to find true happiness. This is exactly what happened in the story. The shipping was quick. It came 2 days after I ordered it. I would recommend consulting amazon for purchasing Dvds and Cds to anyone looking for something hard to find in stores or even just to compare pricing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on DVD Jan. 19 2006
By A Customer
At last this wonderful film comes out on DVD. I have waited so long for this moment. This is a film that looks good, sounds good and has too many memorable moments to mention. From the first time Rita appears on the screen until the very last scene, it is a film to be savoured like a good red wine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An underappreciated gem July 11 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Julie Walters and Michael Caine are brilliant in this timeless comedy. The plot avoids the all too easy romantic angle to show the empowering aspect of education in a woman's life. Referring to her future, Rita emphasizes her freedom from anyone else's ability to rule her life, whether husband or teacher, emphasizing, "I'll choose." I wish this was on DVD. The soundtrack by Tangerine Dream is the only thing that really dates it.
Because of this film, I'll never view Mrs. Weasley in Harry Potter the same again. Julie Walters is one of the great masters of character development.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet and fuuuneeee!
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. Read more
Published on April 18 2004 by Peggy Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars How i discovered this movie
I am a GCSE student at Great Marlow School, and we started reading Educating Rita (the play), and our teacher said the school had a copy of the video if we wished to watch it. Read more
Published on March 6 2004 by R. J. Steer
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked gem of a romantic movie!
"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. Read more
Published on April 6 2003 by Shashank Tripathi
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Educating Rita is truly a joy from start to finish. Willy Russell's fantastic adaptation of his own successful stage play is firmly complimented by the divine suitability of... Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2002 by ianphillips@uk.dreamcast.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie!
The only complaint I could possibly have is that the synthesizer-laden score (this WAS the '80s when this was made, after all) comes over a bit heavy-handed and pretentious. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2002 by B. K. MORTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Bottom line.....I just love Michael Caine
Clever acting...and just superb! Now...when is this movie going to be on DVD?????
Published on Aug. 11 2002 by Kelise
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