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East Is East -- Here's the hilarious, good-time comedy about two bachelors who were having the time of their lives... until their father started picking their wives!


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Release Date:
14 April 2000 (USA) See more »
A comedy of families, a chip shop... and a very randy dog. See more »
In 1971 Salford fish-and-chip shop owner George Khan expects his family to follow his strict Pakistani Muslim ways... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 16 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Om Puri ... George Khan

Linda Bassett ... Ella Khan
Jordan Routledge ... Sajid Khan

Archie Panjabi ... Meenah Khan
Emil Marwa ... Maneer Khan
Chris Bisson ... Saleem Khan

Jimi Mistry ... Tariq Khan
Raji James ... Abdul Khan
Ian Aspinall ... Nazir Khan

Lesley Nicol ... Auntie Annie
Emma Rydal ... Stella Moorhouse

Ruth Jones ... Peggy
Ben Keaton ... Priest
Kriss Dosanjh ... Poppa Khalid
John Bardon ... Mr. Moorhouse
Gary Damer ... Earnest Moorhouse

Albert Moses ... Abdul Karim
Jimmi Harkishin ... Iyaaz Ali Khan
Rosalind March ... Helen Karim
Kaleem Janjua ... Mullah

Gary Lewis ... Mark

Roger Morlidge ... Fat Twat
Ralph Birtwell ... Doctor
Madhav Sharma ... Mr. Shah
Saikat Ahamed ... Zaid
Bruce McGregor ... Bouncer
Margaret Blakemore ... Trisha
Thierry Harcourt ... Etienne Francois
Leena Dhingra ... Mrs. Shah
Tallat Nawaz ... Nigget Shah
Sharmeen Rafi ... Nushaaba Shah
Blake ... Great Dane
Riot ... Afghan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Enid Dunn ... Judy (uncredited)

Preeya Kalidas ... Nazir's Bride (uncredited)
Enoch Powell ... Himself - Giving Speech (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Damien O'Donnell 
Writing credits
Ayub Khan-Din (play)

Ayub Khan-Din (screenplay)

Produced by
Stephanie Guerrasio .... associate producer
Shellie Smith .... line producer
Leslee Udwin .... producer
Alan J. Wands .... executive producer
Paul Webster .... chief executive producer: FilmFour (uncredited)
Original Music by
Deborah Mollison 
Cinematography by
Brian Tufano (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Parker 
Casting by
Joan McCann 
Toby Whale 
Production Design by
Tom Conroy 
Art Direction by
Henry Harris 
Set Decoration by
Eliza Solesbury 
Costume Design by
Lorna Marie Mugan 
Makeup Department
Rebecca Burge .... additional hair assistant
Rebecca Burge .... additional makeup assistant
Rowena Deane .... additional hair assistant (as Rowena Dean)
Rowena Deane .... additional makeup assistant (as Rowena Dean)
Nadia El-Saffar .... hair stylist
Mary Hillman .... makeup artist
Claire Smith .... additional hair assistant
Claire Smith .... additional makeup assistant
Penny Smith .... makeup designer
Mandy Taylor .... additional hair assistant
Mandy Taylor .... additional makeup assistant
Felicity Wright .... additional hair assistant
Felicity Wright .... additional makeup assistant
Penny Smith .... hair designer (uncredited)
Production Management
Alexander De Grunwald .... post-production supervisor (as Alex de Grunwald)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ben Dixon .... third assistant director
Robert Grayson .... additional second assistant director
Ben Howard .... additional third assistant director
Stuart Renfrew .... first assistant director
George Walker .... second assistant director
William Booker .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Tom Delmar .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Mark Adams .... stand-by painter
Matt Amos .... painter
Marshall Aver .... additional dressing props (as Marshal Avers)
Sean Board .... additional dressing props (as Sean Boars)
Lisa Chugg .... assistant prop buyer
Ian Coote .... stand-by construction truck
Nick Dent .... additional dressing props
Barry Du Pille .... prop master
Toby Ellis .... stand-by props truck (as Tony Ellis)
Hannah Evans .... additional dressing props
Michael Fairnie .... additional stand-by props
John Galpin .... dressing props
Robert Gould .... dressing props
Jessica Graham .... additional assistant props buyer
Fiona Greaves .... additional dresser
Austin Harris .... art department runner
Zoe Harvey .... additional dresser
Michael Hoburn .... painter
Guy Hunt .... additional carpenter
Tina Kalivas .... additional dresser
Walid Kioumgi .... additional stagehand
Clifford Lay .... stagehand
Caroline Lindsay .... set painter
Kate Lloyd-Spencer .... assistant art director
Toby Longin .... carpenter
Kamlan Man .... assistant art director
Alan Martin .... stand-by props
Mark McNeil .... additional dressing props (as Mark Venn Mcneil)
Matthew Parsons .... set painter
Antoine Robin .... additional carpenter
Stuart Rushbrook .... stand-by carpenter
Eugene Scanlan .... stand-by props
Eliza Solesbury .... buyer
Geoff Stainthorp .... chargehand carpenter
Graham Stickley .... additional dressing props
Robin Thistlewaite .... construction manager (as Robin Thistlethwaite)
Ros Ward .... additional dresser
Jonathan Wells .... carpenter
Sound Department
Gareth Bull .... dialogue editor
John Downer .... sound editor
Joe Gallagher .... foley editor
Trig Jones .... additional sound trainee
Peter Murphy .... sound maintenance engineer
Ron Osman .... additional playback engineer: TV
Ken Somerville .... foley mixer
Ian Tapp .... sound re-recording mixer
Oliver Tarney .... dialogue editor
Christian Wangler .... sound mixer
Penelope Jane White .... additional sound trainee
Tom Delmar .... stunt coordinator
Wayne Docksey .... animal stunts (uncredited)
Amanda Foster .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen Andrews .... additional camera trainee
Stuart Barell .... additional clapper loader (as Stuart Barrell)
Jaap Buitendijk .... still photographer
Danny Cohen .... additional focus puller
Paul Hanning .... additional clapper loader
David Hedges .... additional focus puller
David McAnulty .... additional grip (as Dave McAnulty)
Adrian McCarthy .... grip
Liam McGill .... gaffer
Brian Mcgivern .... electrician (as Brian McGivern)
Mike McHugh .... electrician
Andy Newall .... additional focus puller
Gary Nolan .... electrician
Brian Pickett .... additional rigger
Clive Pittman .... clapper loader
David Price .... stand-by rigger
Sean Savage .... additional camera operator
Peter Scorah .... additional grip
Bob Shipsey .... focus puller
Roger Tooley .... additional Steadicam operator
Adam Walker .... electrician
Iwan Williams .... best boy
Bob Shipsey .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Brady .... additional wardrobe assistant
M. Calaghan .... additional wardrobe assistant
Jayne Collinge .... additional wardrobe assistant
Gill Howard .... costume design assistant
Sophia Kyllin .... wardrobe assistant
Graham Meetho .... wardrobe supervisor (as Graham Meethoo)
Saffron Rider .... additional wardrobe assistant
Jan Simpson .... additional wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Kezia Martin .... second assistant editor
Em. L. Muslin .... post-production secretary
Mark Neale .... second assistant editor
Dan Roberts .... first assistant editor (as Daniel Roberts)
Music Department
Paul Clarvis .... musician: drums and percussion
John A. Coleman .... music contractor (as John Coleman)
Tony Fisher .... musician: trumpet
Jim Hughes .... musician: harmonica
Sunil Kalyan .... musician: tabla
Rajan Kochhar .... music coordinator: Asian
Fiesta Mei Ling .... music preparation
Andy Mackintosh .... musician: clarinet
Andy Mackintosh .... musician: saxophone
Deborah Mollison .... musician: piano
Deborah Mollison .... orchestrator
Paul Morgan .... musician: bass
Paul Morgan .... musician: guitar
John Parricelli .... musician: guitar
Steve Price .... music mixer
Phil Todd .... musician: clarinet
Phil Todd .... musician: saxophone
Transportation Department
Alec Christie .... driver
Natalie Conway .... driver: minibus
Andy Cooper .... driver: wardrobe truck (as Andre Cooper)
Nick Curson .... driver: dressing props truck
Alan Eccleston .... action vehicles
Jon Howard .... driver
Christopher Keepin .... driver: minibus
Jon Lamas-Veiga .... driver: minibus
Peter Scorah .... driver: camera car
Nick Shuttleworth .... driver (as Nicholas Shuttleworth)
Gerry Turner .... driver: make-up truck
Kevin Christopher .... driver: minibus (uncredited)
Other crew
Alicia Boden .... stand-in
Billy Boden .... stand-in
Catherine Brice .... assistant to location manager
John Brown .... additional runner (as John Brown Jnr.)
Tabitha Burrill .... assistant accountant
Alec Christie .... runner
Victoria Connell .... additional crowd coordinator
Spencer Dodd .... floor runner
Corinna Downing .... assistant to producer
John Eccleston .... production accountant
Sean Egan .... legal services: Bates, Wells and Braithwaite
Steve Fletcher .... tutor
Wendy Fletcher .... tutor
Lucy Gerrish .... accountant trainee
Samantha Greeley .... stand-in
Jon Howard .... runner
Polly Jefferies .... production coordinator
Richard Lloyd Jones .... additional production runner
Allegra Kopp .... production assistant
Jonathan Leather .... additional runner
Sue Lefton .... choreographer
Helene Lenszner .... location manager
Jane Mackay .... unit nurse
Jill McCullough .... dialect advisor (as Jill McCullouch)
Ann McManamon .... tutor
Graham Meetho .... advisor: moslem (as Graham Meethoo)
Peter Millhouse .... location assistant
Em. L. Muslin .... production secretary
Paul Nadasdy .... production runner
Simon Ram .... stand-in
Marinella Setti .... script supervisor
Nick Shuttleworth .... runner (as Nicholas Shuttleworth)
Mark Anthony Thompson .... additional runner (as Mark Thompson)
Mick Ward .... additional crowd coordinator
Lisa Williams .... production assistant
Lee Brazier .... assistant to chief excecutive for filmfour (uncredited)
Joy Sapieka .... publicist (uncredited)
Amanda Street .... international sales: FilmFour (uncredited)
Buki Armstrong .... special thanks
Joanna Beresford .... special thanks
Sebastian Born .... special thanks
Phillip Cooper .... special thanks (as Phil Cooper)
John Cornfield .... special thanks
Natasha Dack .... special thanks
Elinor Day .... special thanks
Sunil Gaur .... special thanks
Rob Gold .... special thanks: Music For Film
Andrew Hildebrand .... special thanks
John Humphrys .... special thanks
David Johnston .... special thanks
Nasreen Munni Kabir .... special thanks (as Munni Kabir)
Jeremy Kimberlin .... special thanks
Lisa Makin .... special thanks
Patrick McEnallay .... special thanks (as Pat McEnellay)
Neil Mockler .... special thanks
Gail M. Patterson .... special thanks (as Gail Patterson)
Ian Robinson .... special thanks
Emil Romer .... special thanks
Kim Rømer .... special thanks
Mark Shivas .... special thanks
John R. Stubbs .... special thanks (as John Stubbs)
Colin Vaines .... special thanks
Paul Webster .... special thanks
Kate Wilson .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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96 min
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The set department struggled to find authentic 1970s wallpaper and carpeting and had to pay a substantial amount of money to have it specially made for the production.See more »
Anachronisms: When the family go to the telephone box to phone Nazir, a train passes in the background. The movie is set in 1971, and the train carries a color scheme (Intercity) that was not introduced until the mid-1980s.See more »
Meenah Khan:[Heard by Mrs Shah from outside, referring to the Shahs' daughters] Have you seen the state of them two? The one with the teeth's got a mustache like Dad.
Maneer Khan:Tariq's looks like Quasimodo.
Ella Khan:Kids eh. Were your two like that, Mrs. Shah?
Mrs. Shah:[Sternly] No. I believe in strict discipline. Especially in a NON-Pakistani environment.
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14 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Solid slice of nostalgia, but something of a wasted opportunity., 25 April 2005
Author: MilesPieri from New York City, NY

Damien O'Donnel's bright and colourful comedy drama is, for the most part, an entertaining and nostalgic tale of the conflicts within a mixed-race family in early seventies Manchester. A hit in the UK upon release the film also did modest business in the US helped by a marketing campaign that promoted it as a breezy comedy but the film also tackles the serious question of what it was, and what it is, to be young, Asian and British. It's curious, and perhaps a little disappointing, that despite the early seventies setting the film steadfastly refuses to tackle the broader issue of racism in any depth. At a time when Enoch Powell was extolling the virtues of repatriation and the nations favourite sitcom was 'From Death Us Do Part' (or possibly 'Love Thy Neighbour') the worst any character in East Is East has to contend with is a shifty look from a nightclub bouncer. Powell does have a brief cameo, as a poster on a window that the family's daughter Meenah (Archie Panjabi) smashes in a defiant demonstration of her footy skills. It's a nice moment, a teenage Asian girl kicking in Enoch's head with a soccer ball – What would Alf Garnett say? Unfortunately we don't get to find out as the films only really abusive white character (Who bears a suspicious resemblance to Johnny Spate's 'lovable racist') only appears a couple of times to mutter something about 'Bloody Pakis' or 'Pickininies'. The conflict between Indians and Pakistanis is given a similar treatment, with George expressing his distaste for "Those cow worshipping bastards" and the contemporary conflict on the subcontinent being relayed on the family's radio. Again, however, this seems more to add colour and humour than for any other purpose. Perhaps O'Donnell felt that a deeper examination of these issues would detract from the theme of Asian/British identity and it's true that other British features have dealt with the subjects in greater detail. Having said that it might have been an idea to make a passing reference to the fact that racial prejudice, while not necessarily any more commonplace than today, was certainly seen as more acceptable. Of course, despite the considerable attention to period detail, 'East Is East' lays no claim to painstaking factual accuracy. There's a fairytale like quality to the film heightened by the Bollywood-style primary colours that frequently contrast with the drab Salford landscape. This viewer was reminded of Hettie MacDonald's council estate love story 'Beautiful Thing', like this based on a stage play with a script by the original author. Both of these films employ a subtle heightened sense of reality that suggests a half remembered childhood memory. One marvellous sequence set in a Bradford Asian flea pit (The 'Moti Mahal') sees the entire Khan clan sitting transfixed during the latest Bollywood epic. It's that rare occasion when the conflicts within the family can be forgotten in favour of a fleeting moment of escapism. And conflicts there are, because the real meat of the film concerns the alienation that exists between the rigidly traditionalist George and the other family members. Played, with a mix of bumbling comedy and genuine menace, by Omi Puri George is certain he knows what's best for his children, not to mention his wife. He wants the kids to learn Urdu but they refuse to study, his precious sons should marry into another Pakistani family of his choosing but they want to screw around with white girls and his wife refuses to show the respect that is demanded in a Muslim marriage. George, while not exactly an anachronism – he gets plenty of understanding from the like minded down at the local Mosque – is a man who cannot see that his children are not like him. Their only sense of the 'homeland' is through their father and the traditions he imposes upon them. It's not surprising then that they consider themselves unequivocally British. Upon arrival in Bradford one of the youngsters takes a look at the locals and shouts excitedly "There's 'undreds of 'em!" In a way it's a shame that the family is mixed race. Not enough is done with this to really justify it and how much more impact the conflict between George and Ella (Linda Bassett) would have been were she also Asian. The fact that the Khan children are half Caucasian also simplifies the question of British-Asian identity a little too needlessly. All of this might suggest a rather dry, even depressing film, but like the colourful feature playing at the Moti Mahal 'East Is East' never forgets it's primary function is to entertain. This is, after all, essentially a comedy and it's frequently very funny indeed. The humour ranges from extremely broad – a scene involving the 'banished' sons new life as manager of a 'swinging' London Boutique and another involving a latex vagina could both have come from an 'Austin Powers' movie – to the grimly dark. The best example of this might be youngest son Sajid's (Who lives permanently inside his Parka like a prototype for 'South Park's Kenny) trip to hospital for a circumcision. Towards the end of the film, in a moment mirroring this, he has the hood of his jacket unceremoniously ripped off and is finally exposed to the outside world, or as close to the outside world as George allows the family to get. Clearly Khan-Din's surrogate in the film (Himself a Salford boy who would have been ten in 1971) much of 'East Is East' is viewed through his eyes and from this perspective the film can be seen as something of a 'coming of age' tale. While not entirely successful 'East Is East' is still a welcome addition to the increasing ranks of British-based Asian cinema and television. Seemingly made with a broad audience in mind it, nevertheless, takes up some serious issues. It's just a shame the filmmakers weren't willing to stick their necks out just a little bit further.

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