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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 of families, a chip shop... and a very randy dog. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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2 June 2000 (USA)  »

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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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Based on a popular stage production of the same name; most of the actors returned to reprise their roles in the movie. See more »

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The lamp posts are too new for 1971. It is possible that most side streets were still gas lit with ornate cast iron poles or with smaller concrete posts. See more »

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Priest: God Bless.
George Khan: Allah go with you.
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Special thanks to ... and all the residents of Openshaw. See more »

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References The Dam Busters (1955) See more »

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from "Pakeezah" (1971)
Licensed courtesy of The Grammophone Company of India Ltd.
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A GREAT LITTLE GEM
24 October 2001 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

Excellent film of interracial family, traditions versus the contemporary and chartering somewhere in the middle ground. I was somewhat dubious about the way EAST IS EAST was touted as a comedy, seemingly about horny teenagers and adolescent rebellion against parental authority. I thought, Oh Lord, the Americans have a lock on this type of flick, and now the British want in, too. Then, I saw Om Puri's name as the lead. I have been a longtime fan of this amazing actor, and thought, well it's worth a look.

Wow! What a captivating, interesting and at times, humorous film. I found it unpretentious and unflinching, and marvelously human, which is where the humor rested. The mingling of cultures, and those becoming an amalgamation of the two, lead to uproarious clashes sometimes. The wishes, well in this case, the demands of the draconian father for his children, and the reality in which they live clearly head for confrontation. The screenplay by Ayub Khan-Din is a great slice of life; it's certainly wasn't hard to tell that he might have culled some of the notions included from life experience. It's not meant to be exacting, as some have criticized. No more so, than Laura Ingalls Wilder's "LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE" was meant to be a strictly historical factoid on pioneering life in the early western US. It's meant as a slice of it, of one persons vision or interpretation.

EAST IS EAST is extraordinary, a marvel to watch, and one that simply gets better with each viewing. Don't miss this one. Highly recommended.


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