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Notes on a Scandal (2006)

A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.

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Tom Georgeson ...
Ted Mawson
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Sandy Pabblem
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Bill Rumer
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Linda
Syreeta Kumar ...
Gita
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Brian Bangs
Wendy Nottingham ...
Elaine Clifford
Tameka Empson ...
Antonia Robinson
Leon Skinner ...
Davis
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The bitter, cynical and lonely Barbara Covett 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 her journal, taking care of her old cat Portia and missing her special friend Jennifer Dodd. When Sheba Hart 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, who is about twenty years older than she; her rebellious teenager daughter Polly; and her son Ben that has Down's Syndrome. Barbara becomes close to Sheba, but when she accidentally discovers that Sheba is having an affair with the fifteen year-old student Steven Connolly, Barbara sees the chance to ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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One Woman's Mistake Is Another's Opportunity... See more »


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

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26 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escándalo  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,141,364 (United Kingdom), 4 February 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,090, 24 December 2006

Gross USA:

$17,508,670, 20 May 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,196,359, 9 April 2007
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Nicholas Hoult auditioned for the role of Steven Connolly several times before was Andrew Simpson eventually cast. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Fit But You Know It
Written by Mike Skinner (as M. Skinner)
Published by Universal/Pure Groove Music
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tense twisted story
25 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Certainly a very stylish drama, riveting and brilliant, rising above the modern-day thrillers due to stunning performances of two very gifted actresses. It's both dramatic and funny, Judy Dench and Cate Blanchett are delicious and so talented that they turn a misanthrope cat and mouse game into a politically correct entertaining account. This strong emotional battle is not only something about teacher-student sex, it's also an obsessing blackmail. Without exaggerating it could be deemed "memorable", as revelations abound, tempers flare all the time and every single confidence is shared. Never boring and deep.


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