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The History Boys (2006)

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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Meet The Boys Who Are Making History! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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22 December 2006 (USA)  »

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History Boys  »

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£2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£794,672 (UK) (13 October 2006)

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$2,706,659 (USA) (23 February 2007)
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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 »

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The locker room at the school has a passive Infra red detector clearly visible over one of the doors more recently used for intruder alarm systems. This type of device would not have been available until the early 1990s. See more »

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[Mrs. Lintott smokes in the Teacher's Lounge]
Wilkes: Dorothy...
[points to the No Smoking sign]
Mrs. Lintott: Oh, fuck.
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Crazy Credits

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 Carry On Sergeant (1958) 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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sensational acting, terrific script
26 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Easily the best film about education in many many years. All the actors are superb, and Bennett's script sparkles with wit and charm. Particular kudos to Dominic Cooper and Samuel Barnett as Dakin and Posner, respectively, the two students most often in the foreground. Although both actors are significantly older than their characters, each gets all the nuances perfectly. The film differs from the play in that the character of Irwin, the "alternate" teacher is somewhat softened here. He's less of an obvious villain than in the play - a role left to the headmaster. However, Irwin's " intellectually fashionable" denial of truth is even more insidious in this version. This film is an absolute MUST SEE!!!


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