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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordan Routledge ...
Meenah Khan
Emil Marwa ...
Chris Bisson ...
Ian Aspinall ...
Nazir Khan
Emma Rydal ...
Stella Moorhouse
Ben Keaton ...
Kriss Dosanjh ...
Poppa Khalid
John Bardon ...
Mr. Moorhouse


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 comedy with attitude about finding your way in a home with no latitude. See more »


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Release Date:

2 June 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Kelet az Kelet  »

Box Office


£1,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£435,627 (UK) (5 November 1999)


$4,170,647 (USA) (8 September 2000)

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Did You Know?


The title derives from Rudyard Kipling's poem "The Ballad of East and West", with its refrain "Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet" See more »


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 »


Stella Moorhouse: I'll never let the colour of your Dad come between us.
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Special thanks to ... and all the residents of Openshaw. See more »


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The Banner Man
Written by Roger Greenaway, Herbie Flowers and Roger Cook
Copyright 1971, Cauliflower Music Ltd.
Performed by Blue Mink
Licensed from Trojan Recordings Ltd.
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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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