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The second film adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play, updated to the Nineties by Mike Figgis. Andrew Crocker-Harris (Albert Finney) is the much-hated classics teacher at the Abbey School, who is being forced into retirement by headmaster Dr Frobisher (Michael Gambon). Crocker-Harris' wife, Laura (Greta Scacchi), treats him with contempt, and has embarked on an affair with younger science teacher Frank Hunter (Matthew Modine). However, some consolation might be on hand in the form of Crocker-Harris' young pupil, Taplow, who provides him with a copy of the Browning translation of the Agamemnon as a leaving gift, and in so doing revives a little of the retiring master's self respect.
As the term comes to an end at the private boy's school, the Abbey, the classics master Andrew Crocker-Harris ( Albert Finney) is also coming to the end of his long teaching career. Looking back on over two decades in the school, Crocker-Harris realises that his entire life has been a failure. He has not been able to inspire the boys with the love of classical literature, his popular and attractive wife ( Greta Scacchi) is having an affair with a young master ( Matthew Modine) and he faces a retirement of loneliness and ignominy.
Then the gift of the Browning version of the Agamemon by one of his pupils provides the unexpected source of inspiration, and the hope of happiness to come.
This is a degradation of a masterpiece by one of our great dramatists. Figgis and Harwood are nothing compared to Terrence Rattigan and succeed only in dragging it into the... Read morePublished on 20 April 2012 by David Howells
I ordered "The Browning Version" on DVD from a seller who wasn't the cheapest, but was in the UK. Jon at "Cheap as Chips" responded very promptly to my request to have the DVD... Read morePublished on 21 Jun. 2010 by Mrs. S. J. Hibbert
I went to boarding school, so the setting and characters were familiar. The film about English people being miserable, which is of course something they excel at. Read morePublished on 10 April 2009 by William Cohen
Terrence Rattigan at his best
It was only a few years ago that I was lucky enough to see the original version of this story in the 1951 film. Read more