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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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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 {J-26}

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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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Also Known As:

A Kelet az Kelet  »

Box Office

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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1.85 : 1
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The scenes where the children are running after the cars in the neighborhood is true to life. In low rent districts and council housing estates until the late seventies, cars were rarely owned by residents and were considered a novelty by the neighborhood children. See more »

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In the film they constantly use the term "shillings" when referring to prices and money. Britain adopted the pounds and pence decimal system on the 15th February 1971 and over the next year or two ditched the shilling and pence currency. In the opening scene of the film the caption read "Salford, Manchester, 1971" and after the eldest brother ran away from his marriage a second caption, in more or less the second or third scene, then read "six months later" thus meaning that Britain had changed currency the currency over. As a result, when one of the brothers keeps begging his mum for ten shillings etc, while it may sound factually incorrect, there was a changeover period and use of both currencies was permitted. Shilling coins remained legal tender and in circulation for many years, the sixpence remained in circulation until 1980 for machines, but was removed from general use after 1973; conversely the 50 New Pence coin (worth ten shillings) was introduced two years before decimalisation. People didn't stop using the word "shilling" for many years although by 1974, the use of old money had gone. See more »

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Ella Khan: The children have a right to know.
George Khan: What do you mean, "right"?
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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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Chalo dildar chalo
from "Pakeezah" (1971)
Licensed courtesy of The Grammophone Company of India Ltd.
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East is East
10 January 2008 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

„East is East" is a refreshing inventive family story. Directly the first scene where two different religions and also two opposing views of life (namely the children's and the view of their conservative father) clash together. With the funny way of telling which is typical for the whole film, nevertheless the problems are shown in their graveness. The cast represents every member of this Pakistani family as an individual but the good relations between the siblings and their mother is shown as realistic as the problematic relation between them and their incorrigible father. The viewer gets the impression of a different culture but he will recognize a lot of aspects of his own family life, too, what was aimed by the makers who brought in the personal experiences. All in all, this movie is an evening-filling enrichment for the viewer.


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