MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 452 this week

East Is East (1999)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  14 April 2000 (USA)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 13,412 users   Metascore: 74/100
Reviews: 161 user | 84 critic | 26 from Metacritic.com

In 1971 Salford fish-and-chip shop owner George Khan expects his family to follow his strict Pakistani Muslim ways. But his children, with an English mother and having been born and brought... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 25 Jun 2011
 
a list of 44 titles
created 13 Sep 2011
 
list image
a list of 42 titles
created 04 Mar 2012
 
list image
a list of 37 titles
created 29 Oct 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 01 Jan 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "East Is East" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: East Is East (1999)

East Is East (1999) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of East Is East.

User Polls

Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 16 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

West Is West (1987)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: David Rathod
Stars: Ashutosh Gowariker, Heidi Carpenter, Pearl Padamsee
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Pakistani taxi-driver Parvez and prostitute Bettina find themselves trapped in the middle when Islamic fundamentalists decide to clean up their local town.

Director: Udayan Prasad
Stars: Om Puri, Rachel Griffiths, Akbar Kurtha
West Is West (2010)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An immigrant father decides to take his truant son back to the old country.

Director: Andy De Emmony
Stars: Aqib Khan, Om Puri, Linda Bassett
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A group of women of Indian descent take a trip together from their home in Birmingham, England to the beach resort of Blackpool. The women vary in ages from mid-teens to old, and initially ... See full summary »

Director: Gurinder Chadha
Stars: Kim Vithana, Jimmi Harkishin, Sarita Khajuria
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A 13-year-old American boy is recruited by terrorists to bomb a U.S. embassy in Delhi. After being brainwashed he is sent to live with a Muslim family prior to the attack. However, the man ... See full summary »

Director: Maninder Chana
Stars: Om Puri, Deep Dhillon, Aamrik Arjun
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Amir is an illegal Pakistani immigrant smuggled into England in the 1960's to work, to send money to his family and perhaps even bring them over with him. A skilled laborer, he is forced to... See full summary »

Director: Udayan Prasad
Stars: Om Puri, Pavan Malhotra, Angeline Ball
Yasmin (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young Muslim woman living in Britain campaigns for the release of her immigrant husband from his detainment in a holding centre.

Director: Kenneth Glenaan
Stars: Archie Panjabi, Renu Setna, Steve Jackson
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism by running off to Germany with a football team (soccer in America).

Director: Gurinder Chadha
Stars: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After receiving shocking news about her absent father, a rebellious teenage girl embarks on a journey from New York to Guyana to discover the truth about her family's mysterious past.

Director: Shundell Prasad
Stars: Melinda Shankar, Jimi Mistry, Aidan Quinn
Anita and Me (2002)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Meena, a 12-year-old living in a mining village in the English Midlands in 1972, is the daughter of Indian parents who've come to England to give her a better life. This idyllic existence ... See full summary »

Director: Metin Hüseyin
Stars: Kabir Bedi, Max Beesley, Sanjeev Bhaskar
Drama

A day in the life of a district magistrate of a high court.

Director: Prashant Passy Pilley
Stars: Om Puri, Manoj Joshi, Mohan Joshi
Son of Flower (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Raja Bundela
Stars: Jamie Alter, Tom Alter, J. Brandon Hill
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Jordan Routledge ...
...
Meenah Khan
Emil Marwa ...
Chris Bisson ...
...
Raji James ...
Ian Aspinall ...
Nazir Khan
...
Emma Rydal ...
Stella Moorhouse
...
Peggy
Ben Keaton ...
Priest
Kriss Dosanjh ...
Poppa Khalid
John Bardon ...
Mr. Moorhouse
Edit

Storyline

In 1971 Salford fish-and-chip shop owner George Khan expects his family to follow his strict Pakistani Muslim ways. But his children, with an English mother and having been born and brought up in Britain, increasingly see themselves as British and start to reject their father's rules on dress, food, religion, and living in general. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

This holiday weekend, America is heading 'East'! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

14 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Kelet az Kelet  »

Box Office

Budget:

£1,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$53,569 (USA) (14 April 2000)

Gross:

$4,170,647 (USA) (8 September 2000)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Khan house doesn't have its own bathroom, which was perfectly normal for the average terraced house of the time. A tin bath (as shown in the initial scenes) for washing with would be shared in a sitting room or bedroom between the family while the only toilet was an outhouse in the back garden. See more »

Goofs

The lamp posts are too new for 1971. It is possible that most side streets were still gas lit with ornate cast iron poles or with smaller concrete posts. See more »

Quotes

Ella Khan: Sorry about him Mr. Shah. He's just been circumcised.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Special thanks to ... and all the residents of Openshaw. See more »

Connections

References Pakeezah (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Chalo dildar chalo
from "Pakeezah" (1971)
Licensed courtesy of The Grammophone Company of India Ltd.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Touching and unpredictable
17 December 1999 | by (York) – See all my reviews

Engaging, well-made comedy based on the play by Ayub Khan-Din concerning the misfortunes of an Anglo-Pakistani family verging on the brink of change in early 1970s Salford. Traditional dad Om Puri is shocked when his oldest son (Ian Aspinall) runs away from an arranged wedding, and decides that from now on his family will be more respectful. Among his plans are the weddings of two of his other sons, both of whom are far from delighted with the idea. Khan-Din's fine script never resorts to cliche resulting in a funny, study of the clash between the old and the new.

Linda Bassett as superb as Puri's second wife, an English woman who straddles both camps between her husband's traditionalism and her kids' sense of rebellion while nonetheless attempting to keep her own dignity.

Fine performances from Chris Bisson and Jimmi Harkishin (Coronation Street) and Jimi Mistry (EastEnders) while little Jordan Routledge is great as the parka-loving Sajid.

However, it's Puri who shines as the complex father, desperately trying to hang on to tradition and finding nothing but rebellion from his family.

The ending could easily have been a familiar family seeks revenge on their overbearing father but what results is a refreshing change to the many TV movies that usually opt for an easy solution to a difficult problem.


17 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
THE FUNNIEST SCENE? Emira_NZ
Why in the world... rushin_p
The film is....painfully rubbish mafster
Why wasn't Sajid cicumsised at birth? nish-11
Horrible dad for real? frogca
What I can't understand is... ls299
Discuss East Is East (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?