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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 15 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Well-made drama about culture clashes See more (161 total) »


  (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
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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Based on a popular stage production by the same name; most of the actors returned to reprise their roles in the movie.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: 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 »
Meenah Khan:Did you get a load of those two?
[meaning the Shahs' daughters]
Meenah Khan:The one with the teeth has got a mustache like Dad's!
Maneer Khan:Tariq's looks like Quasimodo.
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Well-made drama about culture clashes, 8 June 2006
Author: chri_fi from Germany

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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