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The Browning Version
Michael Redgrave gives his greatest performance as Andrew Crocker-Harris, a boarding-school teacher who realizes that his life may be a failure, in this powerful adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play with a screenplay by Rattigan himself. Poor health forces Crocker-Harris to give up his teaching position after years of thankless service and scorn from his students and colleagues. His marriage to Millie (Jean Kent) is also in free fall, as his wife is openly having an affair with the school's chemistry teacher, Hunter (Nigel Patrick). The sensitivity of one student (Brian Smith) breaks… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"The role of the retiring master is not an easy one, but a prize in the right hands. Michael Redgrave fills it with distinction."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The schoolmaster to whom our pity is drawn is a pretty weak and lukewarm individual, hardly fit to be a teacher of growing boys -- even a teacher of classical languages, which he is."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Crocker-Harris represents the 'Willy Loman' of the educational system"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Perfect film version of the play."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Worth watching for Redgrave's powerfully detailed performance as the schoolmaster."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"It's a blues pic for teachers that lays down some hope in the end."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Dramatically powerful, exceptionally well acted and not without its tearful moments of reexamination and redemption...The Browning Version is a...masterwork of a film"
‑ Bill Gibron,
"Good show!"
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"What begins as an anti-Goodbye, Mr. Chips ends, thanks to some psychological point stretching, as an imitation of it."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's a remarkable piece of writing by Terence Rattigan, the great English playwright, and great direction by Anthony Asquith to drag us through such an arid landscape and keep us interested, involved and finally moved"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"a study of a man who's long since come to terms with his mediocrity and who is almost too willingly slipping into the shadows"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Asquith's film is pleasantly spry, and though the period details date it, its analysis of repression and resentment rarely feels dishonest."
‑ , Film4
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