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East Is East (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  2 June 2000 (USA)
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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 ...
Chris Bisson ...
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Raji James ...
Ian Aspinall ...
Nazir Khan
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Emma Rydal ...
Stella Moorhouse
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Peggy
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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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A comedy of families, a chip shop... and a very randy dog. 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)

Gross:

$4,170,647 (USA) (8 September 2000)
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The song that Meenah dances to is "Inhi Logon Ne" from Pakeezah (1972). See more »

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When the Khan family set off for Bradford in the van, a very large camera crew of about a dozen people are visible, reflected in the van. See more »

Quotes

[Ella throws the Shahs out of the house]
George Khan: You bastard bitch. You bring shame on the family
Ella Khan: No, you should be ashamed, George. Because you're not interested in these kids being happy. You just want to prove to everybody what a great man you are. Because you're ashamed of me, George, and you're ashamed of our kids. And you won't even admit it.
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Features Full Moon (1961) See more »

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Chalo dildar chalo
from "Pakeezah" (1971)
Licensed courtesy of The Grammophone Company of India Ltd.
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He Loved His Parker
23 January 2001 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

"East is East" tried to cover too many issues and genres in the one film. In the end I don't think the script was strong enough to tie all this together, and the film suffered because of it. Having said that I believe it was a strong performance from a talented cast.

In it's favour there were some hilarious scenes throughout the movie, and an insight into the Pakistani families and communities in England. Not the typical English stereotypes usually portrayed by Hollywood, nor the typical London lifestyle so often seen in movies today, which was a refreshing change.

Oh Yeah, this confirmed how dangerous and damaging religion has the potential to be. Definitely worth a look.


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