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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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Meenah Khan
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Nazir Khan
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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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A comedy with attitude about finding your way in a home with no latitude. 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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The drawing of a penis with a foreskin that Saleem shows his brothers and sister proved unexpectedly difficult. Chris Bisson can't draw so an artist was commissioned to sketch the object in question but, upon seeing the finished result, it was quickly decided that it looked too odd. It transpired that the artist was in fact circumcised and had no familiarity with foreskins so the cast and crew were asked if anyone could draw and would like to volunteer their penis. Fortunately one of the set photographers fit both requirements. 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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Stella Moorhouse: I'll never let the colour of your Dad come between us.
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Special thanks to ... and all the residents of Openshaw. See more »

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References Pakeezah (1972) See more »

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On a Carousel
(1966)
Written by Graham Nash (as Nash), Allan Clarke (as Clarke) and Tony Hicks (as Hicks)
Published by Dick James Music Ltd.
Performed by The Hollies
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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High-class movie
4 October 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

A bitter-sweet comedy with some moments of truly stark drama, this is a high-class movie. Yes, there are randy dogs and fat, ugly girls - but the piece is a class act because it mixes those "laugh-out-loud funny" comic set pieces with great drama so cleverly.

Very much a period piece, the movie is set in Salford in 1971 - a telling time for a part-Pakistani family with Enoch Powell's shadow never too far away and the break-away of East Pakistan (Bangladesh-to-be)unravelling as the film goes on. The poverty of 1971 Salford with the outside toilet, bedpans and tin bath is excellently portrayed. And at a more mundane level, the constant sight of a bright orange space-hopper and its comedic demise is truly nostalgic, especially to this reviewer whose own space-hopper suffered a similar fate around 1971.

Superb acting performances all round - Linda Bassett used to be one of the better-kept secrets on the UK stage, but now I suppose the secret is out. Highly recommended movie.


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