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The History Boys (2006)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  22 December 2006 (USA)
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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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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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Meet The Boys Who Are Making History! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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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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Richard Griffiths won the 2006 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for "The History Boys" as Hector and recreated his role in this production. See more »

Goofs

When Posner and Hector are discussing the poem "Drummer Hodge" by Thomas Hardy, Posner references Rupert Brooke's poem "The Soldier" by mentioning the line "There's some corner of a foreign field... in that dust a richer dust concealed." The line is actually "in that rich earth a richer dust concealed." See more »

Quotes

Wilkes: You're letting yourself down. You're letting God down.
Lockwood: What's God got to do with it?
Wilkes: Listen, boy. This isn't your body.
Lockwood: No?
Wilkes: This body is on loan to you from God.
Lockwood: Fuck me!
Wilkes: I heard that. Give me twenty.
Lockwood: Twenty what, Hail Marys?
Wilkes: Do it.
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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 (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »

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Bewitched
Written by Lorenz Hart & Richard Rodgers
(c) Chappell & Co. Inc / Williamson Music
Performed by Samuel Barnett & Jamie Parker
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Wonderful film
9 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I had the good fortune to see a preview of this film at Picturehouse Greenwich - the best cinema in London. I had seen the play in London so was expecting to be disappointed at seeing the film of the History Boys on the screen. However,I am pleased to report it is a fantastic film. Great characters, far too many good performances to pick any one person as best actor. The boys and staff of the school were fantastic and totally believable. Not quite how life was when I was at school, but I imagine many grammar schools in the 1980's were the same.

I laughed out loud and cried and left the cinema with a smile on my face.

A must see


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