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Working Class Heroes

Educating Rita

A Liverpool hairdresser re-invents herself as an Open University student.

Image from Educating Rita

UK 1983
Dir Lewis Gilbert
With Julie Walters, Michael Caine, Michael Williams, Maureen Lipman
110min
35mm
Certificate 15

Education was the key to social mobility, and it was at the heart of this adaptation of Willy Russell’s acclaimed play about a Liverpool hairdresser re-inventing herself as an Open University student. Directed by Lewis Gilbert, the screen translation also boasted two stellar performances – Michael Caine, superb as alcoholic professor Frank, and a note-perfect Julie Walters in her big-screen breakthrough as working-class heroine Rita.


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