The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Synopsis: A liberated young schoolteacher at an Edinburgh girls' school in the period between the two wars, instructs her girls on the ways of life. Ignoring the more mundane subjects, she teaches them of love, politics and art. Her affairs with two male teachers become known and she finds herself fighting to keep her job. She believes that she can always count on the 100% support of her favourite pupils, but one of them does not feel that Miss Jean Brodie is in her "prime" any more. No longer swayed by her teacher's eloquence, she begins to learn about life and love herself.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Ronald Neame
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations.
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116 min

Morning, girls.

Good morning.

There's Miss Brodie.

Miss Brodie!

Oh, girls, how lovely

to see you. Thank you.

- I've been looking for you all over the place.

- Have you had a nice holiday?

Oh, you wait till

I tell you about Italy.

- Good morning, Miss Brodie.

- Morning, Miss Brodie.

Oh, good morning,

Mr. Lowther, Mr. Lloyd.

- Will you put that upstairs?

- Yes, Miss Brodie.

- Put that on the desk.

- Yes, Miss Brodie.

Come on.

Good morning, Miss Mackay.

You take charge of these two new girls.

Please see that they know what they have to do.

- Yes, Miss Mackay.

- Thank you so much.

- Sheila, there's no need to run.

- No, Miss Mackay.

Lord, behold us with Thy blessing

Once again assembled here

Onward be

our footsteps pressing

In Thy love

and faith and fear

Still protect us,

Still protect us

By Thy presence

ever near

For Thy mercy

we adore Thee

For this rest

upon our way

Lord, again we bow

before Thee

Speed our labors

day by day

Mind and spirit

Mind and spirit

With Thy choicest

gifts array

Keep the spell

of home affection

Still alive

in every heart

May its power

with mild direction

Draw our love

from self apart

Till Thy children

Till Thy children

Feel that Thou

their Father art

Break temptation's

fatal power

Shielding all

with guardian care

Safe in every

careless hour

Safe from sloth

and sensual snare

Thou, our savior

Thou, our savior

Still our failing

strength repair

Here comes Miss Brodie.

- Good morning, girls.

- Good morning, Miss Brodie.

You may sit down.

Who opened the window?

Whoever opened the window

has opened it too wide.

Six inches is

perfectly adequate.

More is vulgar.

Forsooth, one should have...

an innate sense of these things,

of what is suitable.

Morag, will you please?

Thank you.

I see we have

two new girls this term.

Will the two new girls

please stand up?

- You are?

- Emily Carstairs, Miss Brodie.

Emily Carstairs.


You are inscribed.

Would you like to tell us

something about yourself, Emily?

I'm a Girl Guide, Miss Brodie.

I have six merit badges.

One for knot tying.

One for flag folding.

- Indeed.

- One...

For those who like that sort of thing,

that is the sort of thing they like.

You may sit down, Emily.

And this is Mary McGregor.

Well, what about you, Mary?

You don't look to me like a girl who ties knots.

N-N-No, Miss Brodie, but my b-b-brother does.

That is as it should be.

But what about you?

What are your interests?

I haven't g-got any.

I d-d-don't think.

That is what I am for,

Mary McGregor...

to provide you

with interests.

You may sit down now, Mary.

Little girls, I am in the business

of putting old heads on young shoulders.

All my pupils are

the crme de la crme.

Give me a girl

at an impressionable age...

and she is mine for life.

You girls are my vocation.

If I were to receive

a proposal of marriage tomorrow...

from the Lord Lyon, king of arms,

I would decline it.

I am dedicated

to you in my prime.

And my summer in Italy

has convinced me...

that I am truly

in my prime.

Emily, Mary McGregor,

you are new to this institution.

It is possible you will hear my teaching

methods decried in certain quarters...

as being unsuitable for a conservative

school like Marcia Blaine.

That is to say, a school dedicated

to the status quo.

Can anyone define

"status quo"?


Does it mean staying the same,

Miss Brodie?


Staying the same to the point

of petrification.




I do not intend to devote

my prime to petrification.

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Jay Presson Allen

Jay Presson Allen (March 3, 1922 – May 1, 2006) was an American screenwriter, playwright, stage director, television producer and novelist. Known for her withering wit and sometimes-off-color wisecracks, she was one of the few women making a living as a screenwriter at a time when women were a rarity in the profession. "You write to please yourself," she said, "The only office where there's no superior is the office of the scribe." more…

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