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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (2002)

In the later years of the nineteenth century Latin master Mr. Chipping is the mainstay of Brookfields boys boarding school, a good teacher and a kindly person but he is considered to be ... See full summary »


Stuart Orme


James Hilton (novel), Frank Delaney




Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Clunes ... Mr. Chipping
Victoria Hamilton ... Kathie
Conleth Hill ... Max Staefel
John Wood ... Wetherby
Patrick Malahide ... Ralston
David Horovitch ... Burnley
Christopher Fulford ... Metcalf
James Casey James Casey ... Young Colley
Harry Lloyd ... Young Rivers
Tom Roberts Tom Roberts ... Henshaw
Rory Copus ... Alderdyce
James Byng ... Hawthorne (as James Malcolm)
David Netherton David Netherton ... Rinehart
Joe Sowerbutts ... Young Sexton
Hugh Sachs ... Hotelier


In the later years of the nineteenth century Latin master Mr. Chipping is the mainstay of Brookfields boys boarding school, a good teacher and a kindly person but he is considered to be married to the job so that it is a surprise when, on a walking holiday, he meets and marries the vivacious Kathie,who becomes his helpmate at the school but sadly pre-deceases him. Just before World War One insensitive new headmaster Ralston tries to edge Chipping out but the boys rally and Sir John Rivers, an old pupil of Chipping's and now head of the board of governors, invites him to stay and,when the war breaks out and Ralston joins up, Chipping becomes the new head. He is saddened by the waste of young lives in the pointless war and also by the death of his old friend and former German teacher Max, who had returned to his homeland to fight for Germany and he reminds the assembled boys that an individual's goodness is more important than their nationality. It is a sad day for all concerned when ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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John Harding, who plays Sir John Rivers, played Kemp in an earlier adaptation Goodbye Mr. Chips (1984). See more »


When Mr. Chipping first kisses his wife-to-be, he is already wearing a wedding ring on his ring-finger. See more »


[Chipping has threatened to resign because he is being ordered by Ralston, the new headmaster, to make fundamental changes and modernisations to the way that he teaches and he is vigorously opposed to these changes. In Assembly, Ralston assumes that Sir John Rivers, Chairman of the Governors, will support him in this. However Rivers is an old boy of the school and has his own loyalties]
Ralston: In the few weeks since I've been Headmaster, we've achieved a great deal. But there's more to be done. Some of...
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You cannot judge the importance of things by the noise they make
16 September 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The Robert Donat version of Goodbye Mr Chips might now seem sentimental, old fashioned and light on plot. It is still a great film.

In this new version. Martin Clunes rises to the challenge in playing Mr Chipping. The shy new Latin teacher at Brookfield school in the Victorian era who stays decades at the school rising to become the beloved headmaster. He finds love with Katherine Bridges (Victoria Hamilton) who he meets on holiday and they swiftly marry. Katherine shakes up his life and that of the stuffy school but domestic bliss is short lived.

This new version deals with the brutishness of private school life. The barbaric initiations, the fagging, the bullying. Mr Chips especially with the help of his wife wants to bring a more progressive way of dealing with pupils and the bullies. As he observes, the cane has had little effect with some of the pupils.

The Donat version did not deal with the brutality of World War One as much as this version. The anti German sentiment towards the German master Mr Staefel is more pronounced. The impact of the war on some of the ex pupils is more graphic.

There is a subplot when a new headmaster turns up in the run up to World War One. He wants to modernise the school but also ramp up the school fees, abolish scholarships for poorer pupils and introduce military training. Mr Chips is appalled at the rapid changes and the governors decide to back him instead of the new headmaster.

A young Henry Cavill plays one of the grown up ex pupils who is injured in the war. Clunes puts in a good performance, it is sentimental enough towards the end but it is never anything more than a well made television movie.

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19 October 2003 (USA) See more »

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Adeus, Mr. Chips See more »

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