The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

DVD - 2004
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A teacher in a 1920's Scottish girls' school captivates her students with her fascist ideals and free-thinking attitude.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2004
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4372
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 115 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jul 20, 2017

I liked this DVD. It has a sad ending. One of the main characters are an older teacher female who does know what she wants from life. Her amore asked her to marry him. She tells him she is married to her career. It is about love, pain and the whole damn thing. The script is strong. It is well acted. It is not good for all ages. Sexual scenes are not subtle enough for a younger audience. The story is slow moving. You may relate to the experience of the actors. I like Maggie Smith as an actress.

Jun 14, 2017

I was a teen when I first saw this movie and it made such an impression on me. Having gone to an all girl school, and having been blessed or cursed with formidable teachers, I could relate to most everything.. And I became a huge Maggie Smith fan.

Now decades later, I am watching this movie with the eyes of the 21st century, it is still a gem. Maggie Smith is priceless, inhabiting the self-aggrandizing personality of Jean Brodie like she was born to be her, mesmerizing, sinister yet vulnerable. It's no wonder Maggie Smith won an academy award for this performance. Everything about this movie is la creme de la creme. The characters development. The dialogue. The sets. The storyline. The director did an amazing job translating the original book into the big screen.

Oct 22, 2016

I enjoy Maggie Smith and she is amazing in this movie. I did not enjoy the story of this movie. Bullying head mistress, spying assistant, mean teachers and the art teacher..... what more can I say.

To each their own!!

ECPat Dec 23, 2015

I love Maggie Smith!

May 16, 2015

When I first saw this movie in 1969 I was a young man and thought the irony of this old woman thinking she was in her prime was hilarious. I loved the movie. Now I'm a 72 year old man and can easily see she was, indeed in her prime. I love this movie.

Feb 21, 2015

I have become over the last few years a big Maggie Smith fan. This movie was different than what I expected it to be. Maggie Smith did a great job.

Jan 17, 2015

This is a 1969 British film directed by Ronald Neame, based on the novel by Muriel Spark.
Jean Brodie is a teacher in the junior-aged section of the Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh, Scotland in the 1930s.
She romanticizes fascist leaders like Benito Mussolini and Francisco Franco.
Brodie devotes her time and energy to her four special 12-year-old junior school girls.
Influenced by Brodie, Mary---one of those four girls---sets out to Spain to join her brother, whom she believes is fighting for Franco.
Mary is killed when her train is attacked shortly after crossing the frontier.
This event serves as the last straw for Sandy (another of the four girls) who criticizes Miss Brodie's efforts to impose her politics on her students.
Sandy confronts Miss Brodie on her manipulation of Mary and on her senseless death as well as the harmful influence she exerted on other girls.
Sandy states that Mary's brother is actually fighting for the Spanish Republicans---not for Franco.
It is a thought-provoking film about devotion and free-thinking as well as teacher's influences on the students.

catinthehat17 Feb 19, 2014

This is one of the best old movies I've seen in a long time; Maggie Smith is just awesome; I'd watch it again--highly recommend!!


Maggie Smith excels in this film. I can watch this film over and over--it always delights!

laustcawz Aug 08, 2012

In spite of the synopsis given here, this story actually takes place in the 1930s.


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laustcawz Feb 26, 2012

Sandy: "Hey, Teddy! Take me dancing!" Teddy: "Certainly not!" Sandy: "Oooh, what a coward!" Teddy: "A man with a wife & six children, plus a schoolgirl for a mistress, can be called any number of rude names, but coward is not one of them."

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