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The Browning Version

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Original title
The Browning Version
Running time
97 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Ronald Harwood (Play: Terence Rattigan)
Mark Isham
Jean-François Robin
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Paramount Pictures
Drama | Remake. Schools & University. Education
Synopsis / Plot
Andrew Crocker-Harris (Albert Finney), a teacher of Greek and Latin at a traditional English prep school, is called the "Hitler of the Lower Sixth" by his students. His rigidity and cruelty are the sad remnants of an extinguished passion for classical literature. But as he is poised to leave the school--forced into retirement by the headmaster and made ridiculous by the infidelities of his wife Laura (Greta Scacchi)--Crocker-Harris finds his love for learning rekindled by the interest and sympathy of a young student named Taplow (Ben Silverstone), who gives him Robert Browning's translation of Aeschylus' AGAMEMNON as a parting gift. Based on a Terence Rattigan play, THE BROWNING VERSION is a character study that finds pathos in British stodginess and makes a subdued plea for the nobility of teaching. Finney is the powerful center of the film, portraying a man whom time and opportunity have passed by. As humiliations are piled upon his character, Finney registers nothing but silent resignation, even as he ratchets up his stoicism to face the next disappointment.
1994: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
1994: Nominated for BAFTA Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay
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