Production: Columbia Tristar
Director: Mike Newell
Writers: Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal
Running time: 119 minutes
Release date: December 19, 2003

Julia Roberts Katherine Watson
Julia Stiles Joan Brandwyn
Kirsten Dunst Betty Warren
Maggie Gyllenhaal Giselle Levy


1953 America was a time ripe for change for women and when Katherine Ann Willis (Julia Roberts) arrives to teach Art History at Wellesley College, she finds the institution drowning in outdated mores. While the nation struggles with the fears that accompany a shifting political culture, the powers that be at Wellesley seem to want to re-corset the women who had been the backbone of the World War II workforce just a few years earlier. A passionate educator, Katherine takes on the establishment and in doing so, deeply affects her students who in turn lead her to alter the course of her life forever.

Production information
 About the production
 Re-imagining the period sound
 About the cast: Julia Stiles

 Movie stills

Awards for Julia Stiles
Teen Choice Awards 2004 Teen Choice Actress (Nominated)