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

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Comedy | Drama

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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 opening march was shot on an extremely cold day. If you look closely, you can see that some of the extras are clearly suffering in the cold. See more »

Goofs

When Nazier runs away from the wedding there's a shot of Tariq without his hat on, yet the next shot shows George with Tariq behind him removing his hat. See more »

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George Khan: You can't have this thing puttarrr. It no belong to you.
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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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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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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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