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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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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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Budget:

£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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Trivia

At one point it is said of Hector that he likes Auden. Richard Griffiths, who plays Hector, went on to play Auden in 'The Habit Of Art' also written by Alan Bennett. See more »

Goofs

In the staff room when Hector says 'French Kiss' to the games master, he is holding a copy of the Racing Post. The Racing Post wasn't launched until 1986, three years after the year the film was set. See more »

Quotes

Hector: The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - that you'd thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you've never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it's as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.
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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 The Mikado (1939) 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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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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