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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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Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 16 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordan Routledge ...
Meenah Khan
Emil Marwa ...
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 {J-26}

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Young, Free and soon not to be single See more »


Comedy | Drama


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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Emma Rydal had to wear a wig as she had cut her hair drastically short months previous to casting for her part in _"Playing the Field" (1998) _. See more »


As the family enter Bradford they cross a sleeping policeman, but these were not seen on British streets in the early seventies. See more »


Ella Khan: They filmed "The Dambusters" here.
Meenah Khan: Mam, you say that EVERYTIME we come to Bradford.
Ella Khan: Well they bloody did.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to ... and all the residents of Openshaw. See more »


References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


Written by Deborah Mollison and Rajan Kochhar
Performed by Latafat Ali Khan and Shahid Sunny
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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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