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2 June 2000 (USA) See more »
A comedy of families, a chip shop... and a very randy dog. See more »
In early 1970s England, a Pakistani father finds the authority he has previously maintained challenged by his increasingly Anglicized children. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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)

Muzz Khan ... Kid (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
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

A cut scene featured a discussion where George's children tried to debate amongst themselves what their nationality was after Peggy cruelly calls Meenah a 'Paki'. The scene was initially intended to speak volumes about the mixed views each child had regarding nationality; only Maneer was shown to believe himself a Pakistani while the others determined to be Anglo-Indian or English.See more »
Anachronisms: Terraced housing in Salford would have had sash windows back in 1971/2. Only one house had them in the shots.See more »
Stella Moorhouse:I'll never let the colour of your Dad come between us.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features "The Clangers" (1969)See more »
Chalo dildar chaloSee more »


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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
East is East, 10 January 2008
Author: Chrissie B. from Germany

"East is East"- another boring film we have to watch in our English lesson. These were my first thoughts when I heard that this film will be the next topic our English class has to deal with. But that is absolutely not the case! This film is a great enrichment for the viewer and it is no boring stuff at all.

Ayub Khan-Din wrote a fantastic script which is perfectly put into action by Damien O'Donnell. The cast members did a good job by giving their characters influences to link them into the right direction. For example Om Puri who played his complex character "George Khan" with such a conviction and even the youngest cast member Jordan Routledge who has absolutely not to hide behind his co-cast members in his performance of „Sajid Khan". Also the setting in the 70's is a big success so that you get the impression as if you are living within this time. Mostly I liked the way the writers handled the difficult topic of the different lifestyles of Pakistani and British people without speaking in favour for one group. They used a lot of prejudices about both cultures but they converted it into funny scenes everybody has to laugh about. So a good balance between comedy and tragedy is created because of the spontaneous comic relieves. The film gives a good opportunity for watching it for entertainment but also for talking seriously about it, like for example the two generations and their different points of view: On the one hand we can see the young generation of Sajid who does not care if his friend Earnest is a Pakistani or not. And also Tariq who does not want to be a devout Pakistani and likes partying all night even if his father gets angry about it. But on the other hand, there is the older generation of immigrants George belongs to which is extremely influenced by their traditional values and it is hard for them to adapt to the British society. It seems as if especially George does not learn from his mistakes: After the failed arranged marriage of eldest son Nazir, he tries to plan marriages for his sons Tariq and Abdul who are strongly against it. At the end, left alone from his family, George seems to be contemplative and Ella goes back to him for reconciliation. But the viewer does not get to know whether George changes his behaviour or not but you can still hope it! And that's why "East is East" is such an intoxicating movie: Everybody can identify with one of the characters and so you suffer with Ella when she is beaten up by her husband, you laugh with the siblings when they are teasing each other, you want to give them good advices and most importantly, you think about what you would have done in their situation.

So I can really recommend watching this movie because of the good balance of comical and tragically effects, the great actors and not to forget, the fantastic story written by a man who collected his first experiences by creating this script which was such a success.

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