Both actors earned Oscar nominations for their performances. They have problems: Walters begins to idealize Caine, who then falls in love with her. By the end of the decade he had moved to the U. Caine sees Walters as a fresh, honest, unspoiled intelligence. A smart but disillusioned, semi-inebriated, professor who is teaching college grad students is forced to tutor uneducated people the finer arts of the English language.
Their banter is both funny and occasionally touching. It was a place where few could feel optimistic about the future. David Hentschel's synthesized soundtrack is absolutely wonderful. The scene in the pub was shot in The Stag's Head pub on Dame Court in Dublin. It is true of Educating Rita too, that the British nation can stake out intellectual turf as they have always done with class warfare. Caine and Walters both won and awards for best actor and actress.
If not, pass it by. Director Lewis Gilbert and writer Russell teamed again six years later on the similarly-themed Shirley Valentine 1989. At the time, Caine's working-class cockney, just as with The Beatles' Liverpudlian accents, stood out to American and British audiences alike. And then the explanation of the word assonance, which Rita translates as getting the rhyme wrong. She just wants other options first. Her tutor, Frank, is an alcoholic Professor who once had aspirations of being a poet, but now merely floats through his job in an alcoholic stupor.
This movie has Rita making cracks about one of her hair salon customers looking like a muppet and it also features an attempted suicide. Frank sees this and he hesitates to teach her because he doesn't want her to lose the things that make her unique. Still, it is the scenes in Frank's office between the two of them that are the highlights of the film. She gradually begins to impress this professor with his jaded outlook on life. Caine has named it the favorite of his 170 or so films.
His early '90s output included a villain in the Steven Seagal flop On Deadly Ground 1994 , two straight to video Harry Palmer sequels and a few television movies. When young woman, Rita, enters the film, she is standing in the doorway — like something out of The Searchers were it applicable. In the years that followed, he featured in some other movies like Alfie, The Italian Job, Dirty Rotten and has over 115 other movie appearances in his acting career. She so poignantly displays the yearning for self improvement in her character. It would be easy to think of Rita as My Fair Lady without the Marne Nixon voice overs, but that would be, as a classmate of Rita's puts it, facile. And so, thank you, America.
Rather a crystal clear example of their familiar bond. The ranked Educating Rita the. This need not be a romantic interest at all. But it is Julie Walter's who makes it so good because she delivers the comedy in Willy Russell's writing and works brilliantly with Michael Caine. It is, in essence, Pygmalion redux. He has problems: He is a drunk whose only friends are cheating on him with each other.
He went on to play Palmer in a further two films. Julie Walters wears the masks of tragedy and comedy equally well. Educating Rita opens with Dr Frank Bryant Caine sitting aimlessly, as his adult learners and us wonder if he is actually paying attention. While there is no indication of romance between the two lead characters, the fact that they are from opposing genders, serves as an inducement of interest in one another. And when Bryant demurres, she forces herself upon him. Her first marriage was to businessman Tim Scott in 2000, it ended that same year and the second was to a property developer in 2007 with whom she has 2 children: a son and a daughter but it also ended in a divorce.
It hints that he may finally get his drinking problem under control and thanks to Susan he now has a new hair cut but he is essentially the same person he was at the start of the movie. He is just drunk it appears. Rita's original preconceptions that the educated classes have better lives and are happier people are brought into question throughout the film through Frank's failing social life and alcoholism and also her flatmate Trish's attempted suicide. What it buys you is freedom. Still this is a good job, and I doubt anyone could have done better with how little he is given at times.
The last time I sat down to watch Educating Rita, the film moved me, made me laugh, had me invested in these two characters, like I had never seen it before. But as we watch Rita gain control as her relationship with her husband struggles she comes under another control that of Frank as he enjoys teaching her and her need for him to teach. During an early tutorial session, Rita asks Frank if he is married. However, Caine's reputation as a Pop icon was still intact, thanks to his roles in iconic films like The Italian Job and Get Carter. She enrolls in an Open University course as a way of broadening her mind and finding an escape from what she sees as her humdrum day-to-day life.