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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 1969
  • Ronald Neame
  • 111 mins
  • 15

Summary

Period drama starring Maggie Smith in her Oscar-winning role as the eccentric Scottish teacher whose unorthodox views and teaching methods entrance pupils at an exclusive Edinburgh girls' school in the 1930s. Her idealism inspires her select band of girls, but then her cosy world begins to fall apart.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Jean BrodieMaggie Smith
Teddy LloydRobert Stephens
SandyPamela Franklin
Gordon LowtherGordon Jackson
Miss MackayCelia Johnson
JennyDiane Grayson
Mary McGregorJane Carr (2)
MonicaShirley Steedman
Emily CarstairsLavinia Lang
Helen McPheeAntoinette Biggerstaff

Crew

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DirectorRonald Neame

Details

Released on
1969-02-25
Languages
English | Latin | Italian | French
Guidance
May be edited for nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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