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My Son the Fanatic (1997)

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Pakistani taxi-driver Parvez and prostitute Bettina find themselves trapped in the middle when Islamic fundamentalists decide to clean up their local town.

Director:

Udayan Prasad

Writers:

Hanif Kureishi (short story), Hanif Kureishi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Om Puri ... Parvez
Rachel Griffiths ... Bettina / Sandra
Akbar Kurtha ... Farid
Stellan Skarsgård ... Schitz
Gopi Desai Gopi Desai ... Minoo
Harish Patel ... Fizzy
Sarah-Jane Potts ... Madeline Fingerhut (as Sarah Jane Potts)
Judi Jones Judi Jones ... Mrs. Fingerhut
Geoffrey Bateman ... Chief Inspector Fingerhut
Bernard Wrigley ... Drunk man
Moya Brady Moya Brady ... Druggy prostitute
Badi Uzzaman ... Man in mosque
Andy Devine Andy Devine ... Comedian
Shiv Grewal Shiv Grewal ... Waiter
Marc Anwar Marc Anwar ... Rashid (as Omar Salimi)
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Storyline

Parvez was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and as a child was asked to study the Holy scriptures through a Maulvi. When the Maulvi started his sermon, Parvez would fall asleep, this lead to the Maulvi devising a unique punishment, which ultimately compelled Parvez to stop attending. When he grew up, his marriage was arranged with Minoo and they immigrated to a small town in Britain, where Parvez started to make a living driving a taxi, and found himself free from all religious activity. 25 years later, Parvez is an alcoholic, still driving a cab, while people who had immigrated after him have their own businesses and are wealthier. Parvez now has a grown son, Farid, who is the apple of his eye, and is to be engaged to Madeleine Fingerhut, who is the daughter of the local Chief Inspector. After the two families' meet, Farid has a sudden change of heart when he notices that the Chief Inspector detests his family, and it slowly dawns on him that he and his girlfriend are quite different, and ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1998 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Fiul meu, fanaticul See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,399, 27 June 1999

Gross USA:

$417,683

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$417,683
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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[first lines]
Mrs. Fingerhut: [putting away photo album] Madeline was a delightful girl. She still is, of course.
Parvez: And a little bit plumpish at times. As you said, twice.
Minoo: [misunderstanding] Rice is very good. For reducing diet.
Parvez: Cricket is excellent. Farid was captain. Mrs. Fingerhut - Hilda - this boy of ours, I can assure you he's all-around type, going whole hog. But not on the field. At school he carried the prizes home. Now is college he's top student of year.
Parvez: Oh, it's not difficult.
Farid: [smirks]
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You Don't
Written by Tricky (as Thaws)
Performed by Tricky
Island Music
© 1995 Island Records
(Polygram Records)
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For a stunning performance by Puri, a must-see
30 May 2000 | by ShlomtzieSee all my reviews

It's a rare treat to see a film character of such complexity. His story, a love story, is as homely and real as a wound.

Om Puri's character is not to be forgotten and Griffith gives the searingly intelligent performance I have come to expect of her. Kurtha, as the son, is very poor, his delivery stilted and amateurish, and an outdoorsy scene with the two lovers is cinematographically squandered; otherwise, nothing but raves for this one. Also takes the prize for sexiest and most heartbreaking love scene in movie history.


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