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The History Boys (2006)

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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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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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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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£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

In the scene following the reenactment of the final scene of "Now Voyager" with Bette Davis and Paul Henreid, a picture of Bette Davis is clearly visible over Hector's shoulder. See more »

Goofs

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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Mrs. Lintott: Actually I wouldn't have said he was sad. I would have said he was cunt-struck.
Hector: Dorothy!
Mrs. Lintott: I'd have thought you'd have liked that. It's a compound adjective. You like compound adjectives.
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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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Referenced in 'Gavin & Stacey': How It Happened (2007) See more »

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L'Accordéoniste
Words and Music by Michel Emer
(c) 1945 S.E.M.I., France
Peer Music, (UK) Ltd, London
Performed by Samuel Barnett & Jamie Parker
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the best film i've seen on growing up
15 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

So many moments in this film struck a chord with me. As a grammar school student applying for Oxbridge, I have to disagree with the previous reviewer. The worries and pressures, as well as the arrogance, humour (and sheer smart-aleckness) that surround the boys' dialogue perfectly capture the hilarity and torture of adolescence. The dialogue is a little stage-y, but that doesn't seriously tarnish its impact. I think this film expresses the uncertainty and risk involved in life in a way that is both poignant and witty; often both at the same time. Ideas about what education should really be could not be more beautifully expressed than in this picture of young boys with their whole lives stretched out in front of them, and old teachers still unsure of what it's all about. Subtle and brilliant.


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