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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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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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A large number of the actors in The History Boys also appear in Gavin and Stacey. 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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Dakin: I'm beginning to like him more.
Posner: [hopefully] Who? Me?
Dakin: [contemptuously] Irwin. Though he hates me.
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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 All About Eve (1950) 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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17 October 2006 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

A very good film - not setting black against white but looking at flawed people and complex arguments. Also brilliantly funny.

Not quite as good as the play because some balance was lost - I think this was due to pressure of time, A lot of the classroom debate and argument was shortened, the glimpses into the present were omitted so that Irwin's descent into pure spin was not seen and a couple of the boys characters weren't fleshed out enough. This combined to throw the obviously shocking scenes, such as Hector's behaviour, too much into the centre of the film. The classroom performances also jarred as a bit too theatrical, whereas on stage they were believable, apt and very funny.

Worryingly realistic sets – I thought I'd put the smell of school classrooms well behind me - and memorable performances from the entire cast. Jamie Parker, Andrew Knott, Samuel Barnett and Frances de la Tour were the standouts for me, but I still can't decide whether it was their performances or the characters they played.


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