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This Is England (2006)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 27 April 2007 (UK)
A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit.

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This is England: Mods, New Romantics, and Skinheads are the major youth sub-cultures of this very English summer of 1983 and young 12-year-old Shaun is left wandering aimlessly alone and lost during the start of his school holidays, until his chance meeting with Woody and his fun and friendly Skinhead pack. Finding a new lease of life; girls, parties, Ben Sherman shirts, Doc Martin boots and shaven hairstyles young Shaun is welcomed, life during this summer holiday has got a whole lot better. That is until Combo arrives on the scene bitter, dangerous, racist, militant and psychotic life for young Shaun has just approached his first major crossroads. This is England is a look back at the early eighties of British working-class life through the eyes of young Shaun and his new gang, and dealing with the bitterness of outside influences such as racism and xenophobia, of mass unemployment and the fall out of the Falkland's War; Thatcher's Britain: Did we ever have it so good? When you see ... Written by Cinema_Fan

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Run with the crowd, stand alone, you decide.

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Ovo je Engleska  »

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£1,500,000 (estimated)

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£207,676 (UK) (27 April 2007)

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$327,919 (USA) (16 November 2007)
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The character names 'Woody', 'Gadget' and 'Meggy' were also used by Shane Meadows in 24 7: Twenty Four Seven (1997) See more »

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Blockbusters, the popular 80s game-show the gang are seen to be watching didn't actually debut on TV until 29 August 1983 - over a month after the events in which the film is set. See more »

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Combo: But I've got one question to ask you. Do you consider yourself English, or Jamaican?
[There's a long uneasy silence, as Milky looks around nervously to the rest of his friends... ]
Milky: [eventually] English.
Combo: Lovely, lovely, love you for that, that's fucking great. A proud man, learn from him; that's a proud man. That's what we need, man. That's what this nation has been built on, proud men. Proud fucking warriors! Two thousand years this little tiny fucking island has been raped and pillaged, by ...
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Come On Eileen
Written by Kevin Rowland, James Paterson and Kevin Adams
Performed by Dexys Midnight Runners
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Courtesy of Mercury Records (London) Ltd.
Licensed by kind permission from the Film & TV licensing Division, Part of the Universal Music Group
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Skins in Thatcherland
19 August 2007 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

The skinhead culture fascinates many directors and it's understandable. It's one of the few remaining subcultures in the West, much because of the Nazi connections.

But the skins in this movie aren't political and no racists to start with. One of the gang members is even black. They live in a happy community in the early 80s, having fun and being together in a totally grey unfriendly working class environment. It's very hopeful and the 12-year-old finds himself accepted for the first time in his life. His longing for the dead father of the Falklands war is somewhat replaced.

But darkness arrives with the skin veteran who comes back from jail. And there are conflicts between the racist fraction and the others. But whatever this is, it's not black and white. The characters are much more complicated.

Much has been said about young Thomas Turgoose as the 12-year-old. He's very good but the great portrait is by Stephen Graham as the old/new gang leader. Absolutely brilliant work.


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