The true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night who became a phenomenon after being chosen for -- and ultimately winning -- Britain's Got Talent (2007).
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 (email@example.com)
The film is based on the award winning play by Alan Bennett, which ran at the National Theatre in London from May 2004 until April 2005. See more »
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 »
[Scripps is taking the mick out of Dakin for trying to please Irwin too much]
Have you looked at your handwriting recently? You're beginning to write like him!
[turns to look at Posner's essay]
You're writin' like 'im an' all!
I am not! Dakin writes like him, I write like Dakin.
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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 »
Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag
Written by Simon Underwood, Oliver Moore, James Johnstone, Andrew Carpenter, Christopher Hamlyn,
Christopher Lee and Roger Freeman
(c) Mistral Music Ltd / Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
Performed by Pigbag
Licensed courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Limited See more »
So many moments in this film struck a chord with me. As a grammar school student applying for Oxbridge, I have to disagree with the previous reviewer. The worries and pressures, as well as the arrogance, humour (and sheer smart-aleckness) that surround the boys' dialogue perfectly capture the hilarity and torture of adolescence. The dialogue is a little stage-y, but that doesn't seriously tarnish its impact. I think this film expresses the uncertainty and risk involved in life in a way that is both poignant and witty; often both at the same time. Ideas about what education should really be could not be more beautifully expressed than in this picture of young boys with their whole lives stretched out in front of them, and old teachers still unsure of what it's all about. Subtle and brilliant.
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