Maggie Smith won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in 1969’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, a film strangely never released on DVD before in the UK which has now been given a release by Acorn Media UK.


The film was based on the novel of the same name written in 1961 by Muriel Spark and garnered worldwide public and critical success culminating in the Oscar awarded to Maggie Smith in what became her most famous role, notwithstanding a late career flourish with the Harry Potter films.


The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is set in Edinburgh, 1932 with the world is on the cusp of change and at the forefront, leading the charge is the estimable Miss Brodie, teacher at the Marcia Blaine School for girls.


“I am in the business of putting old heads on young shoulders, and all my pupils are the crème de la crème. Give me a girl at an impressionable age and she’ll be mine for life. I am dedicated to you in my prime.” 


As a new term begins for Miss Brodie, she is fully prepared. For whatever the subject, Miss Brodie is adept at bringing it around to the experiences girls should look forward to when they too are in their prime.

Meanwhile Miss Brodie’s personal life is not so clear cut, torn as she is between the passionate advances of a young married artist, and the more conservative desires of a mature associate, she nevertheless manages to walk a strident path somewhere between the two.

But Miss Brodie’s philosophy for living rubs up against the school’s rigid moral standards, and when one of her young charges is inspired into a tragic act of foolhardy bravery, an act of almost religious betrayal follows that will shake the firm convictions of Miss Brodie to the core.


The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie stars Maggie Smith, Robert Stephens, Pamela Franklin, Gordon Jackson and Celia Johnson and comes with some excellent extra’s including the 2 original theatrical trailers, cast and crew filmographies and a biography of the novelist Muriel Spark.


Reviews of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie DVD


“Elegant, and original, Maggie Smith’s Brodie has her nose in the air, the best interests of her girls at heart, and a thorough disdain for the curriculum. Marvellous.”

Financial Times


“The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie features the finest cinematic performance of Maggie Smith’s career...the arrival of this film on DVD is long overdue”

Movie mail


“One of cinemas great classics, this film is now available for the first time on DVD guaranteeing the compelling Miss Brodie a besotted new audience”

Canada Post