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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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A great number of cast members have also appeared in Doctor Who (2005). Samuel Anderson portraying Danny Pink in Series 8, James Cordon portraying Craig Owens in Series 5 and 6, Russell Tovey portraying Midshipman Frame in Series 4, Penelope Wilton portraying Harriet Jones in Series 1, 2 and 4 and Adrian Scarborough portraying Kahler-Jex in Series 7. Sacha Dhawan, though never appearing in the show itself, portrayed Warris Hussein in the TV spin-off movie An Adventure in Space and Time (2013), which dramatized the creation and early years of the show See more »

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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

Wilkes: You're letting yourself down. You're letting God down.
Lockwood: What's God got to do with it?
Wilkes: Listen, boy. This isn't your body.
Lockwood: No?
Wilkes: This body is on loan to you from God.
Lockwood: Fuck me!
Wilkes: I heard that. Give me twenty.
Lockwood: Twenty what, Hail Marys?
Wilkes: Do it.
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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 Juarez (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor - Adagio Sostenuto
Composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff
By kind permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd.
Performed by Jamie Parker
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Brilliant
14 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

So refreshing to see a film that does not depend on special effects and computer graphics, but revolves around people - pure and simply. Bennet's script is sharp, witty, poignant and just wonderful. Was in tears several times during the film - mainly through laughter -the french lesson has to be seen to be believed - but also with touches of sadness. Although I didn't recognise many of the "boys" from other films, I suspect this film will be the jumping board for many successful film careers. They managed to get the characters so right. Loved them all by the end. Cant wait for the DVD to come out so I can watch this over and over again.


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