In London, the twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny. She joins the literature course in an open university and has tutorial with the middle-aged Dr. Frank Bryant that is an alcoholic and deluded professor from the upper-class without self-esteem.
Frank lives with the also Professor Julia and they have a loveless relationship; Julia has a love affair with the dean Brian. The amusing Rita gives motivation to Frank to prepare her for the exams to join the university while she leaves Denny and moves to the house of the waitress Trish, who loves Gustav Mahler and is a cult woman. Will she succeed in the exams?
Educating Rita is a British 1983 drama/comedy film directed by Lewis Gilbert with a screenplay by Willy Russell based on his 1980 stage play. The film stars Michael Caine, Julie Walters, and Maureen Lipman. It won multiple major awards for best actor and best actress and was nominated for three Oscars.
Educating Rita (1983)
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Starring: ichael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams, Maureen Lipman, Jeananne Crowley, Malcolm Douglas, Dearbhla Molloy
Screenplay by: Willy Russell
Cinematography by: Frank Watts
Film Editing by: Garth Craven
Costume Design by: Candy Paterson
Set Decoration by: Josie MacAvin
Art Direction by: Maurice Fowler
Music by: David Hentschel
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: September 14, 1983