Educating Rita (film)


Educating Rita (film)

Infobox Film | name =Educating Rita


caption = Theatrical Release Poster
director = Lewis Gilbert
producer = Lewis Gilbert
writer = Willy Russell (also play)
starring =Michael Caine
Julie Walters
music =
cinematography =
editing = Garth Craven
distributor = Columbia Pictures
released = September 21, 1983 (USA)
runtime = 110 min.
language = English
budget =
imdb_id = 0085478

"Educating Rita" is a 1983 film of Willy Russell's play of the same name. It was directed by Lewis Gilbert and stars Julie Walters, Michael Caine, and Maureen Lipman with a screenplay by Russell. The original play is for two actors and is set entirely in Frank's office at the Liverpool university; the filmed version includes a number of minor characters who are only talked about in the stage play and takes place in a number of mainly Liverpool locations.

Plot

An English working-class girl wants to better herself by studying literature. Her assigned Open University professor, however, has long since openly taken to the bottle, and soon develops misgivings about her acculturation to academia.

Cast

Michael Caine ... Dr. Frank Bryant

Julie Walters ... Rita, aka Susan

Michael Williams ... Brian

Maureen Lipman ... Trish

Jeananne Crowley ... Julia

Malcolm Douglas ... Denny

Godfrey Quigley ... Rita's Father

Dearbhla Molloy ... Elaine

Production

Starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters, who reprises her role from the stage production. It was also Walters' feature film debut.

Although the setting of the film is Liverpool, the film was shot in Dublin. Trinity College, Dublin is used as the setting for the university, and the more modern Arts Building is used for Rita's summer school. The rooms used by Bryant as his office and tutorial room were those of the College Historical Society and the University Philosophical Society respectively, and while the building was considerably refurnished, the production chose to leave portraits of Douglas Hyde and Isaac Butt and committee photographs in the former and a bust of John Pentland Mahaffy in the latter. Houses in Ringsend and Dún Laoghaire were used for Rita's in the film, and one in Rathgar for Bryant's. The scene in France is in filmed in Maynooth, outside Dublin, and Connolly Station and Dublin Airport were also used. The scene in the pub was shot in The Stags Head pub on Dame Court in Dublin. However the pub which Rita enters is Lloyd's pub on Amiens Street.

The film won the 1983 BAFTA Award for Best Film. Caine and Walters each received an Oscar-nomination, but neither won.

Trivia

Julie Walters stated on a 2008 episode of The One Show that she was not the first woman to be considered for the role of Rita, despite the fact that she had done the role on stage. Walters specifically mentioned that she had been put into second place due to the fact that she was not yet a star, and that more high profile names were being considered, amongst which were legendary country singer and part-time actress Dolly Parton. However, she was eventually awarded the part due to the fact that with Michael Caine secured as Dr. Bryant, the film was no longer in need of a well-known face.

External links

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* [http://caine-home.narod.ru/80-07/80-07.html Educating Rita - Photos]

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title = BAFTA Award for Best Film
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