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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The cast for this are the same cast who appeared in the original play at the National Theatre in London, UK. 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 »
Can you, for a moment, imagine how depressing it is to teach five centuries of masculine ineptitude?
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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
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The "pupils" are completely unbelievable, as is their behaviour. The goings-on seem to represent an attempt by a gay author to invent some kind of gay utopia where groping testicles and the other bits and pieces constitutes a perfectly reasonable after-school activity for a teacher.
There are quite a few history boys in the story but only a few are catered for in the script, except to ram in some stupid point or other. There is some class warfare - universities are of course all, and only, about class. Most of the boys combine crass behaviour and crass teenager-type mindsets with superior intelligence, or so we are meant to believe. The headmaster is a caricature, as is the overweight, gay teacher. The only sympathetic character is the female history teacher, and we of course don't see much of her.
It's hard to know what this film is about. A criticism of class attitudes to education? A criticism of our still heterosexual-oriented society? It's not about the pupils or about truth and lies, I don't think. All in all I would say it's just 2 hours of glibness written by someone who can do much better.
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