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The History Boys (2006)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  13 October 2006 (UK)
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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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History. It's just one bloody thing after another. See more »

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

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£2,000,000 (estimated)

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$100,803 (USA) (22 November 2006)

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$2,706,659 (USA) (23 February 2007)
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The cast for this are the same cast who appeared in the original play at the National Theatre in London, UK. See more »

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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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[Scripps is taking the mick out of Dakin for trying to please Irwin too much]
Scripps: Have you looked at your handwriting recently? You're beginning to write like him!
[turns to look at Posner's essay]
Scripps: You're writin' like 'im an' all!
Posner: 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 »

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References Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) See more »

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Written by Lorenz Hart & Richard Rodgers
(c) Chappell & Co. Inc / Williamson Music
Performed by Rufus Wainwright
Courtesy of Geffen Records / Polydor UK Ltd.
Licensed by kind permission from the Film & TV Licensing Division, part of the Universal Music Group
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Wonderful!!
16 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I thought this really was an absolutely beautiful film. Really makes you think. I don't think the way they behaved in school was particularly unrealistic at all; I am currently in my final year of 6th form and have relationships like that with many of my teachers (not implying that I have crushes on them or that they touch me of course!)

Some very amusing parts, I thought it was such a lovely film. Could happily watch it over and over and over...

I felt that despite being a theatre play originally, it comes across so well on the big screen. The final part at the end I thought was wonderful.

A must-see for anyone


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