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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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school | oxford | headmaster | teacher | class | See more »

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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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History Boys  »

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£2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$2,706,659 (USA) (23 February 2007)
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The original Broadway production of "The History Boys" by Alan Bennett opened at the Broadhurst Theater in New York on April 23, 2006, ran for 185 performances and won the 2006 Tony Award for the Best Play. Samuel Anderson, James Corden, Frances de la Tour, Dominic Cooper, Sacha Dhawan, Jamie Parker, Stephen Campbell Moore, Russell Tovey, Colin Haigh, Samuel Barnett and Andrew Knott recreated their Broadway roles in this filmed production. Samuel Barnett was nominated for the 2006 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. Alan Bennett also wrote the teleplay for this filmed production. See more »

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When Posner and Hector are discussing the poem "Drummer Hodge" by Thomas Hardy, Posner references Rupert Brooke's poem "The Solider" 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 »

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Dakin: How do you think history happens?
Tom Irwin: What?
Dakin: How does stuff happen, do you think? People decide to do stuff. Make moves. Alter things.
Tom Irwin: I'm not sure what you're talking about.
Dakin: No? Think about it.
Tom Irwin: Some do... make moves, I suppose. Others react to events. In 1939 Hitler made a move on Poland. Poland defended itself.
Dakin: ...gave in.
Tom Irwin: Is that what you mean?
Dakin: No. Not Poland anyway. Was Poland taken by surprise?
Tom Irwin: To some extent. Though they knew something was up.
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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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Mustapha Dance
Written by Joe Strummer / Mick Jones / Paul Simonon / Topper Headon
(c) Universal Music Publishing Ltd on behalf of Nineden Ltd
Performed by The Clash
Licensed courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Limited
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Where We Go To School Does Not Determine What We Will Become
23 May 2007 | by (Cincinnati, OH, United States) – See all my reviews

The History Boys is a very very challenging film for any audience. One of these reasons is that it is driven by extremely eloquent conversations between younger and elder intellectuals, each conversation delving aggressively deep into the corners of conventional logic and subtexts and fleshing them out in what different characters arguably believe are the most truthful ways. Many characters are quite confident and extremely extroverted and the ones who are not so confident are defensively so. Alan Bennett's remarkably clear analysis of the human condition is intimidating.

The other reason is because the story is one beyond social judgment. Perhaps this is purposeful because being written, produced, directed, and acted by English people, class-consciousness is surely existent among them. But that's what I love so much about this film. The audience, in order to understand and enjoy it, must release themselves from the scrutiny of general culture over many, mostly sexual, aspects of life. The film is not about homosexuality, but homosexual goings-on exist prevalently in the story. It's also treated very nonchalantly, and many straight boys are free of any personal sexual burdens that would inhibit them from partaking. The very talked-about homosexual element of the film exists as the most direct example and also the core of the basis of the story, which is the pressure of society's judgmental and devastatingly interfering nature with many things that, if one were truly understanding, would not judge or interfere with. This extends to greater and more complex idealism in the script, such as the philosophy and meaning of education, the satisfactory or unsatisfactory pursuit and outcome of success, the importance of art and poetry, and the point of studying history.

I believe that The History Boys is an extremely important movie, and the fact that it lasted for a single week at a small theater here in Cincinnati is despicable and glaringly, stupidly contradictory to its message.


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