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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 & 10 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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Also Known As:

A Kelet az Kelet  »

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Budget:

£1,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£435,627 (UK) (7 November 1999)

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$4,170,647 (USA) (10 September 2000)
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The Khan house doesn't have its own bathroom, which was perfectly normal for the average terraced house of the time. A tin bath (as shown in the initial scenes) for washing with would be shared in a sitting room or bedroom between the family while the only toilet was an outhouse in the back garden. See more »

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In the scene when they are in Bradford, Ella and her daughter are in the kitchen. Ella comforts her friend because she is upset about her daughter in Pakistan. In the background on the painting on the wall you can see the reflection of the boom mic as it goes up. See more »

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Ella Khan: Do you think I'm a good mother?
Auntie Annie: No, I think you're a friggin' awful mother.
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Special thanks to ... and all the residents of Openshaw. See more »

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Features The Clangers (1969) See more »

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Moving
(1997)
Written by Gaz Coombes, Michael Quinn, Daniel Goffey & Rob Coombes (as Robert Joseph Coombes)
Used by permission of EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Supergrass
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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He Loved His Parker
23 January 2001 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

"East is East" tried to cover too many issues and genres in the one film. In the end I don't think the script was strong enough to tie all this together, and the film suffered because of it. Having said that I believe it was a strong performance from a talented cast.

In it's favour there were some hilarious scenes throughout the movie, and an insight into the Pakistani families and communities in England. Not the typical English stereotypes usually portrayed by Hollywood, nor the typical London lifestyle so often seen in movies today, which was a refreshing change.

Oh Yeah, this confirmed how dangerous and damaging religion has the potential to be. Definitely worth a look.


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