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East Is East (1999)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  14 April 2000 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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

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£1,900,000 (estimated)

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$53,569 (USA) (14 April 2000)

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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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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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Well-made drama about culture clashes
8 June 2006 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Three teenagers are sitting in front of a TV, enjoying their large helpings of pork sausage and bacon. Suddenly they hear a door opening and immediately start cleaning up all of the dishes and unsuccessfully try to get rid of the fumes of grilled bacon and sausages that billowed through the whole house. This is, of course, not depicting the normal life of three teenagers, but taken from the film "East Is East" by Damien O'Donnell. It deals with the story of a family in England in the 1970s with a Pakistani father (multi-facetted enacted by Om Puri) who still believes in his Pakistani traditions and his Muslim religion and an English mother (great performance by Linda Bassett) who tries to give her seven children as much freedom as all of their "fully English" friends enjoy. This movie was labeled as a Comedy both in theaters and on DVD or VHS, but anybody looking for light-hearted entertainment fitting for a Saturday night will be hugely disappointed. This movie is out to teach the viewer about how difficult it is to get two very different cultures to not only co-exist peacefully next to each other, but to merge them to create a new one. The script by Ayub Khan-Din, who also wrote the book and the stage version of this movie, does have its funny moments, and the whole cast, including the children, is in for some good laughs. But the more intense moments are those where the viewer has to deal with outbursts of domestic violence or things like arranged marriages that seem so far away and cruel to Westerners. The cast shows its brilliance in those intimate moments. Even though the script might sometimes appear to be too ambitious – there are just too many characters all developing in a very distinct manner and all crucial to the movie – the movie can be recommended to anyone who is not looking for a standard comedy and is willing to have his views on life challenged.


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