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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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Budget:

£2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£794,672 (UK) (13 October 2006)

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$2,706,659 (USA) (23 February 2007)
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Samuel Barnett was nominated for the 2005 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Drama for "The History Boys" and recreated the role in this production. See more »

Goofs

The lollipop lady that reports Hector to the headmaster carries a sign that carries the international symbol for children, which has only recently started replacing the old sign that stated "STOP CHILDREN" - which would have been the sign used in 1983. See more »

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[talking about the school]
Headmaster: We're low in the league. I want to see us up there with Manchester Grammar, Haberdasher Askes, Leighton Park... or is that an open prison?
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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 »

Connections

Spoofs Brief Encounter (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor - Adagio Sostenuto
Composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff
By kind permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd.
Performed by Jamie Parker
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sensational acting, terrific script
26 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Easily the best film about education in many many years. All the actors are superb, and Bennett's script sparkles with wit and charm. Particular kudos to Dominic Cooper and Samuel Barnett as Dakin and Posner, respectively, the two students most often in the foreground. Although both actors are significantly older than their characters, each gets all the nuances perfectly. The film differs from the play in that the character of Irwin, the "alternate" teacher is somewhat softened here. He's less of an obvious villain than in the play - a role left to the headmaster. However, Irwin's " intellectually fashionable" denial of truth is even more insidious in this version. This film is an absolute MUST SEE!!!


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