Down 4,788 this week

Mischief Night (2006)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Family  -  3 November 2006 (UK)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 670 users  
Reviews: 16 user | 13 critic

About two families (one white, one Asian) who come together unexpectedly on a local night of carnival trickery and festivity.



0Check in

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 913 titles
created 28 Sep 2011
a list of 515 titles
created 29 Jan 2012
a list of 1302 titles
created 22 Oct 2012
a list of 23 titles
created 25 Feb 2013
a list of 200 titles
created 01 Mar 2013

Related Items

Search for "Mischief Night" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Mischief Night (2006)

Mischief Night (2006) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mischief Night.


Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelli Hollis ...
James Foster ...
Kev Crabtree
Michael Taylor ...
Tyler Crabtree
Holly Kenny ...
Kimberley Crabtree
Jake Hayward ...
Macauley Crabtree
Immie Khan (as Ramon Tickaram)
Qasim Akhtar ...
Asif Khan
Sarah Byrne ...
Sarina Khan
Shobu Kapoor ...
Mrs Khan
Mr Khan
Shaida Chaudhury ...
Nafisa Khan
Arfan Nazir ...
Mohammed Khan
Hamayoun Al-Rashid ...
Kamal Khan (as Humyoon Al Rashid)
H. Abdul Islam ...
Grandpa Khan
Mrs. Ali ...
Grandma Khan (as Mrs Ali)


About two families (one white, one Asian) who come together unexpectedly on a local night of carnival trickery and festivity.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Drama | Family

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

3 November 2006 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


Ollie: Isn't she a smack addict?
Macauley: Yeah
Clay: My mum's a smack addict
Zak: My mum's a dinner lady
See more »


Follows Tina Takes a Break (2001) See more »


Performed by Swami
Written by Diamond Duggal & Casey Rain (as S-Endz)
Courtesy of DesiRock/Cigale Entertainment
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The odd good aspect is squandered by a badly uneven tone that means the film doesn't work
25 November 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The week running up to Halloween in a rundown Leeds estate sees Mischief Night looming as a time when everyone can get into harmless bad behaviour. However on the estate bad behaviour is a constant state – ranging from the anti-social actions to children to the violent rule of drug dealers. On either side of the segregated estate, two families live out their week against the constant stress of conflict and day-to-day living.

The title and the opening credits suggested that this film would be sort of East is East comedy affair – y'know, based on a serious drama plot but with a genial air to it. That this was not to be the case is not the problem though and I didn't wander into the film expecting it to be what I had assumed and criticising it for being something else. I say this because there is a problem with what the film is and I don't want you to think that my opinions stems from me assuming it was something it was not. The problem is that it never really decides what it wants to do and tries to have comedy, drama, tragedy, relationship strife, drugs, paedophilia and general crime. That it tries to cover all this is an ambition that I won't criticise for no reason but it is a hard task to pull off and in this case the failure to make it work leaves a disjointed and uneven film that at times is really good and at others just doesn't work in any way.

To her credit Penny Woolcock seems to be trying to capture life on the estate with ups and downs of all extremes and, as a Wire fan I'm fine with something that has a bit of depth and mixes all the emotions of real life. Thing is, she cannot make it work and the end result is something that has a comic tone when the subject matter is serious and it just doesn't blend the way she would like it to. This makes it feel really odd and uneven and prevented me caring about what was happening because it didn't seem real – not because I didn't buy the base world of the estate (these places are in all cities) or the extremes of the week (it is part of narrative convenience to condense things) but mainly because Woolcock's comic air takes away from the realism that she should have injected. The ending is where all this collapses in on itself – I'll not do anything to spoil it but it is undeservedly pat for what it is.

I'm not sure where the problems come from. As writer and director one has to assume that it is all down to Woolcock for creating something that doesn't function but I do wonder if someone has taken her in hand and tried to shift her vision into something else. I'm being generous to suggest this as I have no basis, but the unsuccessful blend of styles does feel like a dramatic film that has been spread into a comedy with lots of music and bright colours into the cinematography. I'm not sure but wherever it came from, it is here and it jus doesn't fly. A shame really because at times it is an interesting film but for the vast majority it just doesn't.

The cast are lumbered with this but mostly they do OK despite the characters handed to them to carry off. Nobody was bad, but some struggled to make their characters work and ended up just going with the weird flow around them. So, what does that leave Mischief Night as? Well it is a mix between Kidulthood, Adulthood and East is East with a bit more comedy thrown in. The blend is difficult to pull off and Woolcock cannot manage to make it happen, leaving a film that is serious but never lets you take it seriously while also being a comedy that never makes you laugh all reliant on a character-driven narrative where you're never really with the characters. Has its moments but doesn't make anything of them.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Whites and English negepipprds
Tonight IS Mischief Night agitatoruk
Poor boraacorah
Liberties taken with Geography... red-rob
Trailer is now online richardknight
Marketing? smilesistawithattitude
Discuss Mischief Night (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: