The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Ronald Neame (1969)

110min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Although Vanessa Redgrave was a hit in the West End version of Muriel Spark's novel, few would argue that the part of liberated Edinburgh schoolmarm Jean Brodie now belongs solely to Maggie Smith. Never have such politically incorrect opinions been expressed with such disarming charm or been received with such trusting innocence. While Smith thoroughly deserved her Oscar, it is somewhat surprising that Celia Johnson was overlooked for her superb performance as the disapproving headmistress. Robert Stephens and Gordon Jackson are also on form as the men in Smith's life, and Pamela Franklin impresses as the pupil who turns Judas. Crème de la crème, indeed.

Summary

A teacher at an Edinburgh girls' school in the 1930s tries to impose her unconventional views on the pupils. She exhorts them to never lose their idealism, but her lurid accounts of her sex life and admiration for Mussolini and Franco create controversy - especially when one of the students takes the lessons to heart. Drama, based on Muriel Spark's novel, starring an Oscar-winning Maggie Smith alongside Robert Stephens, Celia Johnson and Gordon Jackson.

Cast & Crew

Jean Brodie Maggie Smith
Teddy Lloyd Robert Stephens
Miss Mackay Celia Johnson
Gordon Lowther Gordon Jackson
Sandy Pamela Franklin
Jenny Diane Grayson
Mary McGregor Jane Carr
Monica Shirley Steedman
Emily Carstairs Lavinia Lang
Director Ronald Neame
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: May be edited for nudity. Available on: video
Drama