The Browning Version details
|Starring:||Albert Finney, Greta Scacchi, Matthew Modine, Julian Sands, Michael Gambon, Ben Silverstone, Maryam d'Abo, Oliver Milburn, Jeff Nuttall, Belinda Low|
|Directors:||Mike Figgis, John K. Watson|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
The Browning Version
|Run time:||1 hour 37 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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FABULOUS PERFORMANCEBy a customer from DEVON , 30 Mar 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]THE BROWNING VERSION was a little surprising as I've long thought that Albert Finney has become somewhat jaded and stereotyped in his more recent films. This, however, was a really good performance. He didn't go for the sympathy vote - he just played it for what it was - an aging school master with a disasterous marriage whose hopes and asperations had withered. Greta Saachi was good supporting. Really enjoyed this - engrossing. the children's parts were good too.
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Another Browning versionBy a customer , 05 Dec 2013Had I not seen the earlier version with Sir Michael Redgrave, I would have said that the Albert Finney version was as good as the other reviewers said. My personal, albeit subjective, opinion is that whilst this version was an enjoyable and well-acted film, that the Michael Redgrave was far superior. Maybe it's a generation thing; please watch both versions and make up your own minds.
Just a Really Good MovieBy 5ft7offootballheaven (300 reviews) from London , 08 May 2011Loved it. Everything a movie should be. Compelling, unexpected, moving, sad and ultimately very engaging. You really feel for the characters. Albert Finney is brilliant as the stoic classics teacher and reminds me of several people I know from school and in later life. It made me more appreciative of their efforts and guilty in the way I felt about them! - and if a movie can do all that you know its done its job.
I'm sorryBy studleydave (165 reviews) from Norwich , 29 Jan 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHidePithy and unexciting, with little emotion or warmth. A summary that would best describe both main character and screenplay.
That is, until Finney's character starts to take stock of the situation he is in, how people perceive him, and how his marriage seems to have left both parties sad and aloof - not to mention embittered and cold.
Once the emotional attachment between main character and audience has been established, the screenplay improves (even if the plot seems poorly conceived), to the point where I can honestly say I thought this was a good film.
I wish I could have seen the original play, and will be renting the first (original) screenplay adaptation.
Superb DramaBy munki652 (2 reviews) from Grimsby, UK , 22 May 2010Albert Finney is excellent in this drama reminiscent of 'Remains of the Day' & ' Howards End' in style. Worth it just for his performance alone but ably supported by Ben Silverstone as Taplow, and Michael Gambon as the Headmaster. Well worth a watch, if only for Finney's speech at the end which is delivered with such emotion. You won't be disappointed.
Could do betterBy MinkyNinky (71 reviews) from Matlock, Derbyshire, UK , 14 Feb 2010An enjoyable, nicely-made, well-acted but rather undemanding picture. Great performances by Albert Finney and a wonderfully sour-faced Greta Scacchi. Matthew Modine aside, however, the other parts seemed a bit caricatured (the Headmaster, the Chairman of the Governors). I suspect this film was produced with an eye on the American market, as its depiction of this albeit rather rarified public school verged on the cartoonish - ink-stained wood & steel desks, cape-wearing Masters, thatched cottages and good chaps playing cricket; I half expected to see Jennings and Darbishire flicking ink-pellets at each other during prep.
The film's values brought to mind a contemporaneous production - Four Weddings and a Funeral - made the same year, and, one wonders, with the same crew; it certainly has a similar floppy-haired Home Counties feel about it.
Finneys's character - Mr Crocker-Harris, classics master and, were are told, Hitler of the Lower Fifth - is apparently feared and respected by his pupils, but few others, particularly his wife (Scacchi) who holds him in sneering contempt. However, we never see any evidence of this strictness in the film - rather he comes across as a wearily acidic, but basically gentle and humane person, so when he finally, and very publicly unloads his sadness and bitterness at being forced to leave in his Speech Day address, it lacks depth and pathos for me. Or perhaps I'm missing something. Rather an unsatisfactory ending, too. But I'm glad I watched it.