Rita White (Julie Walters) is a 26-year old working class woman who enrols for an Open University class where she meets Frank (Michael Caine), who is assigned to be her tutor. He is a self-confessed alcoholic, who takes a shine to the outspoken Rita. It swings from highs to lows throughout and for every high comes the payback of an even greater low. At times it is amusing (without being silly) and sadness creeps in when you least expect it. There is so much more going on but I will not spoil the tension any more for the benefit of those who haven't seen it yet.
Both actors are just brilliant in their roles and were rightly nominated for best acting Oscars. There is an obvious chemistry between the unlikely odd couple, and you just wish for a happy ending. The transformation of both characters throughout the film is not only smooth but is enlightening. It is a real gem of a film and a rarity in that it does not contain a single kiss for the romantically engaged couple. There are some realy moving scenes, that almost bring me to tears. The dialogue, acting, sets and soundtrack all play their part in a highly entertaining adaptation of Pigmalion. I never tire of this and have watched it so many times, I almost know it word for word. If you don't believe me then try it for yourself. It's simply great value for money (no gimmicks, it doesn't need them) and is a valued addition to any film collector's library (I have several editions). Get it when you can - I highly recommended this English gem to all true movie fans.