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East Is East (1999)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 2 June 2000 (USA)
In early 1970s England, a Pakistani father finds the authority he has previously maintained challenged by his increasingly Anglicized children.

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Jordan Routledge ...
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Meenah Khan
Emil Marwa ...
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Ian Aspinall ...
Nazir Khan
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Emma Rydal ...
Stella Moorhouse
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Ben Keaton ...
Priest
Kriss Dosanjh ...
Poppa Khalid
John Bardon ...
Mr. Moorhouse
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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 {J-26}

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

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Comedy | Drama

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A Kelet az Kelet  »

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Budget:

£1,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£435,627 (UK) (5 November 1999)

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$4,170,647 (USA) (8 September 2000)
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Ruth Jones and Emma Rydal would both go on to the TV series Stella (2012), in which Jones plays the title character. Coincidentally, in East is East Rydal's character is named Stella. See more »

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When Nazier runs away from the wedding there's a shot of Tariq without his hat on, yet the next shot shows George with Tariq behind him removing his hat. See more »

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[Saleem accidentally drops a fake vagina on Mrs. Shah's lap]
Mrs. Shah: This is an insult to me and my family! I will never allow my daughters to marry into this jungly family of half-breeds!
Ella Khan: Well, they may be half-bred, but at least they're not friggin' inbred like them two monstrosities.
George Khan: Ella!
Ella Khan: Never mind "Ella". Who the frig do you think you are? You come in here, telling me that my house isn't good enough for your daughters? Well, your daughters aren't good enough for my sons, or my house, and if I hear...
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Moving
(1997)
Written by Gaz Coombes, Michael Quinn, Daniel Goffey & Rob Coombes (as Robert Joseph Coombes)
Used by permission of EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Supergrass
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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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.


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