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Educating Rita (14-Sep-1983)

Director: Lewis Gilbert

Writer: Willy Russell

From a play: Educating Rita by Willy Russell

Music Composed, Performed and Arranged by: David Hentschel

Producer: Lewis Gilbert

Keywords: Drama, Comedy, Teachers

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Michael Caine
14-Mar-1933   Get Carter
Maureen Lipman
10-May-1946   Agony
Julie Walters
22-Feb-1950   Educating Rita
Michael Williams
9-Jul-1935 11-Jan-2001 Educating Rita


Michael Caine   ...   Dr. Frank Bryant
Julie Walters   ...   Rita
Michael Williams   ...   Brian
Maureen Lipman   ...   Trish
Jeananne Crowley   ...   Julia
Malcolm Douglas   ...   Denny
Godfrey Quigley   ...   Rita's Father
Dearbhla Molloy   ...   Elaine
Pat Daly   ...   Bursar
Kim Fortune   ...   Collins
Philip Hurdwood   ...   Tiger
Hilary Reynolds   ...   Lesley
Jack Walsh   ...   Price
Christopher Casson   ...   Professor
Rosamund Burton   ...   Denise
Marcus O'Higgins   ...   Marcus
Mark Drew   ...   Disco Manager
Gabrielle Reidy   ...   Barbara
Des Nealon   ...   Invigilator
Marie Conmee   ...   Customer in Hairdressers
Oliver Maguire   ...   Tutor
Derry Power   ...   Photographer
Alan Stanford   ...   Bistro Manager
Gerry Sullivan   ...   Security Officer
Patricia Jeffares   ...   Rita's Mother
Maeve Germaine   ...   Sandra
Liam Stack   ...   Sandra's FiancÚ


Review by anonymous (posted on 2-May-2005)

As a rule I refrain from watching movies whose books I have read first and loved, because as a rule the movies hardly ever do them justice and/or it is almost unrecognizable after all the re-writes. In the case of RITA however I watched it because I know the author and am good friends with his sister. The movie is excellent and touching. It captures the struggle of a lower class person feeling totally lost and not belonging and her fight to find something better. The character as portrayed by Julie Walters (Rita) and Michael Caine are in depth and touching. I am surprised to find that there is nothing on this website about Ms. Walters or the author Willy Russell. Knowing the story is autobiographical makes it all the more interesting.

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