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Notes on a Scandal (2006)

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A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her fifteen-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond a platonic friendship.

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Richard Eyre

Writers:

Patrick Marber (screenplay), Zoë Heller (novel) (as Zoe Heller)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judi Dench ... Barbara Covett
Cate Blanchett ... Sheba Hart
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ... Ted Mawson
Michael Maloney ... Sandy Pabblem
Joanna Scanlan ... Sue Hodge
Shaun Parkes ... Bill Rumer
Emma Kennedy ... Linda
Syreeta Kumar Syreeta Kumar ... Gita
Andrew Simpson ... Steven Connolly
Phil Davis ... Brian Bangs
Wendy Nottingham Wendy Nottingham ... Elaine Clifford
Tameka Empson Tameka Empson ... Antonia Robinson
Leon Skinner Leon Skinner ... Davis
Bill Nighy ... Richard Hart
Juno Temple ... Polly Hart
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Storyline

Bitter, cynical, and lonely Barbara Covett (Dame Judi Dench) is a tough and conservative teacher, near to retirement, who is loathed by her colleagues and students. In the loneliness of her apartment, she spends her spare time writing in her journal, taking care of her old cat Portia, and missing her special friend Jennifer Dodd. When Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett) joins the high school as the new art teacher, Barbara dedicates her attention to the newcomer, writing sharp and unpleasant comments about her behavior and clothes. When Barbara helps Sheba in a difficult situation with two students, the grateful Sheba invites her to have lunch with her family. Sheba introduces her husband and former professor Richard Hart (Bill Nighy), who is about twenty years older than her; her rebellious teenager daughter Polly (Juno Temple); and her son Ben (Max Lewis), who has Down's Syndrome. Barbara becomes close to Sheba, but when she accidentally discovers that Sheba is having an affair with ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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One woman's secret is another woman's power. One woman's fear is another woman's weapon. One woman's life is in another woman's hands.... See more »


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Rated R for language and some aberrant sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Notes on a Scandal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$414,487, 31 December 2006

Gross USA:

$17,510,118

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,752,391
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Before Brian arrives at Barbara's apartment she has dirt smudges on the left side of her face. When Brian arrives, it has suddenly switched to the right side. See more »

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Barbara Covett: [voiceover of Barbara writing in her diary] People trust me with their secrets. But who do I trust with mine? You, only you.
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Even better than the book
5 January 2007 | by julianjessopSee all my reviews

I saw this at a preview last night. It is a brilliant, absorbing little piece from Zoe Heller's novel about a teacher (Cate Blanchett, looking stunning) who has an affair with a 15 year old pupil and the effect this has on her relationship with a bitter, older teacher seeking selfishly for love (Judy Dench, looking 100). Great performances all round, with special mention to Bill Nighy in the Bill Nighy role. The script (Patrick Marber) is faithful to the book but enjoyable though the book was the film is actually - for a change - even better. Beautifully filmed in North London and Eastbourne (presumably the school scenes) this movie is definitely a must see.


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