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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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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 Kelet az Kelet  »

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£1,900,000 (estimated)

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£435,627 (UK) (5 November 1999)

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$4,170,647 (USA) (8 September 2000)
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Writer Ayub Khan-Din based the story on several of his own life-experiences growing up with a multi-cultural family. See more »

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When the children run away from home, they are seen boarding a green Salford City Transport bus. Salford City buses were incorporated into the South-East Lancashire North-East Cheshire Passenger Transport Authority (Selnec) in 1968, and the bus would have been orange and white with a Selnec logo. See more »

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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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