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East Is East (1999)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  14 April 2000 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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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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£1,900,000 (estimated)

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

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$4,170,647 (USA) (8 September 2000)
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The costumes George's children wear are deliberately outdated to signify that they are hand-me-downs passed down between them all. See more »

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When Meenah kicks the ball through Mr Moorhouse's window at the Enoch Powell poster the ball hits slightly right of Powell's head but in the next shot the hole is conveniently dead-centre. See more »

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[In the hospital following Sajid's circumcision]
George Khan: Tickle-Tackle all gone?
Doctor: [Puzzled] Circumcision was absolutely fine.
George Khan: You Indian?
Ella Khan: [whispering] George.
George Khan: [to Ella] Bastard Indian.
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Sitting in the Park
(1965)
Written by Billy Stewart (as Stewart)
Used by permission of EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Georgie Fame
Courtesy of Polydor UK Limited
Licensed by kind permission from PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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East is East
10 January 2008 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

"East is East"- another boring film we have to watch in our English lesson. These were my first thoughts when I heard that this film will be the next topic our English class has to deal with. But that is absolutely not the case! This film is a great enrichment for the viewer and it is no boring stuff at all.

Ayub Khan-Din wrote a fantastic script which is perfectly put into action by Damien O'Donnell. The cast members did a good job by giving their characters influences to link them into the right direction. For example Om Puri who played his complex character "George Khan" with such a conviction and even the youngest cast member Jordan Routledge who has absolutely not to hide behind his co-cast members in his performance of „Sajid Khan". Also the setting in the 70's is a big success so that you get the impression as if you are living within this time. Mostly I liked the way the writers handled the difficult topic of the different lifestyles of Pakistani and British people without speaking in favour for one group. They used a lot of prejudices about both cultures but they converted it into funny scenes everybody has to laugh about. So a good balance between comedy and tragedy is created because of the spontaneous comic relieves. The film gives a good opportunity for watching it for entertainment but also for talking seriously about it, like for example the two generations and their different points of view: On the one hand we can see the young generation of Sajid who does not care if his friend Earnest is a Pakistani or not. And also Tariq who does not want to be a devout Pakistani and likes partying all night even if his father gets angry about it. But on the other hand, there is the older generation of immigrants George belongs to which is extremely influenced by their traditional values and it is hard for them to adapt to the British society. It seems as if especially George does not learn from his mistakes: After the failed arranged marriage of eldest son Nazir, he tries to plan marriages for his sons Tariq and Abdul who are strongly against it. At the end, left alone from his family, George seems to be contemplative and Ella goes back to him for reconciliation. But the viewer does not get to know whether George changes his behaviour or not but you can still hope it! And that's why "East is East" is such an intoxicating movie: Everybody can identify with one of the characters and so you suffer with Ella when she is beaten up by her husband, you laugh with the siblings when they are teasing each other, you want to give them good advices and most importantly, you think about what you would have done in their situation.

So I can really recommend watching this movie because of the good balance of comical and tragically effects, the great actors and not to forget, the fantastic story written by a man who collected his first experiences by creating this script which was such a success.


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