The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Jean Brodie

Director: Ronald Neame CastMaggie Smith, Robert Stephens, Pamela Franklin, Gordon Jackson, Celia Johnson, Diane Grayson, Jane Carr, Shirley Steedman

Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Maggie Smith)

Also Nominated For: Best Original Song (“Jean” by Rod McKuen)

I First Saw In: 2015

Synopsis: A headstrong young teacher at a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12-year-old charges with her over-romanticized world view.

Quotables: MISS JEAN BRODIE: Indeed. For those who like that sort of thing, that is the sort of thing they like.

Did You Know? The film was re-released in April 1970, following Maggie Smith’s Oscar win, bringing the studio an additional $1.9 million.

And now a Word from the Guise:
Dame Maggie Smith is an electrifying force to be reckoned with. She has such a cunning and charismatic presence as unrivaled by anyone else in the film. That is not to say that one one else was up-to-snuff, because the entire ensemble was superb. From the cast to the costumes to the screenplay and everything else in between, this film is a masterpiece.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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