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The History Boys (2006)

An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, as their headmaster pushes for them all to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge.

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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In 1980s Britain, a group of young men at Cutlers' Grammar School all have the brains, and the will to earn the chance of getting accepted in the finest universities in the nation, Oxford and Cambridge. Despite the fine teaching by excellent professionals like Mrs Lintott in history and the intellectually enthusiastic Hector in General Studies, the Headmaster is not satisfied. He signs on the young Irwin to polish the students' style to give them the best chance. In this mix of intellectualism and creative spirit that guides a rigorous preparation regime for that ultimate educational brass ring, the lives of the randy students and the ostensibly restrained faculty intertwine that would change their lives forever. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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History. It's just one bloody thing after another. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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22 December 2006 (USA)  »

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History Boys  »

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£2,000,000 (estimated)

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£794,672 (UK) (13 October 2006)

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$2,706,659 (USA) (23 February 2007)
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Trivia

The cast for this are the same cast who appeared in the original play at the National Theatre in London, UK. See more »

Goofs

In the montage scene in the library, at least three books, Michael Burleigh's "The Third Reich" (2001), Alan Bullock's "Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives" (1991), and John Guy's "Tudor England" (1988) are visible, neither of which had been published in 1983/84 when the film was set. See more »

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Tom Irwin: You were quoting somebody. Auden, isn't it?
Timms: [Expansively] Was I, sir? Sometimes it just flows out, y'know, brims over!
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the film, the title - "The History Boys" - is taken letter by letter from random parts of an essay on the dissolution of the monasteries, a common history topic, which the History Boys themselves write later on in the film. See more »

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Referenced in Wimbledon: 2016: Day 2, Part 2 (2016) See more »

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Wish Me Luck (As You Wave Me Goodbye)
Written by Harry Parr Davies and Phil Park
(c) Chappell Music Ltd.
Performed by Gracie Fields
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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Brilliant
14 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

So refreshing to see a film that does not depend on special effects and computer graphics, but revolves around people - pure and simply. Bennet's script is sharp, witty, poignant and just wonderful. Was in tears several times during the film - mainly through laughter -the french lesson has to be seen to be believed - but also with touches of sadness. Although I didn't recognise many of the "boys" from other films, I suspect this film will be the jumping board for many successful film careers. They managed to get the characters so right. Loved them all by the end. Cant wait for the DVD to come out so I can watch this over and over again.


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