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

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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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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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R | See all certifications »

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2 June 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Kelet az Kelet  »

Box Office

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 »

Goofs

When the family go to the telephone box to phone Nazir, a train passes in the background. The movie is set in 1971, and the train carries a color scheme (Intercity) that was not introduced until the mid-1980s. See more »

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Mr. Moorhouse: See. You let one of 'em in, and the whole fuckin' tribe turns up.
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Special thanks to ... and all the residents of Openshaw. See more »

Connections

Features The Clangers (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Wonderful World, Beautiful People
(1970)
Written by Jimmy Cliff
Published by Island Music Ltd.
Performed by Jimmy Cliff
Licensed from Trojan Recordings 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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