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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (2002)





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A presentation of ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre, Goodbye, Mr. Chips aired on PBS in October 2003. Based on the novel by James Hilton, this adaptation was directed by British filmmaker Stuart Orme. The story follows the life of beloved Latin schoolteacher Mr. Chipping (Martin Clunes). As a young man, he arrives at Brookfield boarding school in the 1880s. He makes friends German teacher Max Staefel (Conleth Hill) and marries the intelligent socialite Katherine Bridges (Victoria Hamilton). As his students grow to adore him, he's nicknamed "Mr. Chips" and given a promotion. However, he experiences years of sadness after Kathie dies in childbirth. Then WWI breaks out and his friend Staefel is forced to leave the school due to the fascist new headmaster, Ralston (Patrick Malahide). Finally, Mr. Chips reflects on his career at a retirement party.


Martin Clunes
as Mr. Chipping
Victoria Hamilton
as Katherine Chipping
Conleth Hill
as Max Staefel
Doyne Byrd
as Dr. Merivale
Richard Brain
as Dr. Merivale II
George Clarke
as Callendar
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Critic Reviews for Goodbye, Mr. Chips

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

Goodbye Mr Chips, the story of a gentle man among gentlemen, was quietly charming and a tour de force for Martin Clunes, proving, as usual, that a tragedian can't play comedy but a comedian can play anything.

February 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Not a remake of the 1939 classic but a new adaptation of Hilton's sentimental novella... couldn't be more different from the 1939 film, and that's all to the good.

February 26, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

... Victoria Hamilton is delightful as the radical feminist Mr. Chips meets in the very wet woods and weds, to the astonishment and envy of his colleagues.

January 26, 2018 | Full Review…

In this version, Martin Clunes set his mortarboard at the role and, I must say, he did it incredibly well.

October 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Goodbye, Mr. Chips


Masterpiece Theatre does it again.This is a beautifully rendered version of the beloved story. The acting, and photography, are top notch. The dialogue is very well written, and engaging. I think this is just as good as all the other versions I have seen. Clune's performance is not only outstanding, but very touching and heartfelt. There are scenes that brought me to tears. His expressive features underscore his solid acting. A very nice retelling.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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