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East Is East (1999)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 2 June 2000 (USA)
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In early 1970s England, a Pakistani father finds the authority he has previously maintained challenged by his increasingly Anglicized children.

Director:

Damien O'Donnell

Writers:

Ayub Khan-Din (play), Ayub Khan-Din (screenplay)
Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 16 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Om Puri ... George Khan
Linda Bassett ... Ella Khan
Jordan Routledge Jordan Routledge ... Sajid Khan
Archie Panjabi ... Meenah Khan
Emil Marwa Emil Marwa ... Maneer Khan
Chris Bisson ... Saleem Khan
Jimi Mistry ... Tariq Khan
Raji James Raji James ... Abdul Khan
Ian Aspinall Ian Aspinall ... Nazir Khan
Lesley Nicol ... Auntie Annie
Emma Rydal ... Stella Moorhouse
Ruth Jones ... Peggy
Ben Keaton Ben Keaton ... Priest
Kriss Dosanjh Kriss Dosanjh ... Poppa Khalid
John Bardon ... Mr. Moorhouse
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Storyline

In 1971 Salford fish-and-chip shop owner George Khan expects his family to follow his strict Pakistani Muslim ways. But his children, with an English mother and having been born and brought up in Britain, increasingly see themselves as British and start to reject their father's rules on dress, food, religion, and living in general. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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This holiday weekend, America is heading 'East'! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Atalanta Filmes (Portugal)

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Urdu

Release Date:

2 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Kelet az Kelet See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP1,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,569, 16 April 2000

Gross USA:

$4,177,818

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,177,818
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

All of the actors portraying George's children were born in England and found it easy to relate to their character's feelings of being brought up to be British while being expected to maintain their family's cultural values and beliefs. See more »

Goofs

Terraced housing in Salford would have had sash windows back in 1971/2. Only one house had them in the shots. See more »

Quotes

Stella Moorhouse: I'll never let the colour of your Dad come between us. It's not fair coz I love curry an' all.
Tariq Khan: Yeah. Nice one.
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When I'm Dead and Gone
(1970)
Written by Benny Gallagher (as Gallagher) and Graham Lyle (as Lyle)
Used by permission of B. Feldman/Gallagher & Lyle Music/EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by McGuinness Flint
Licensed courtesy of Capitol Records Inc.
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A different side of England
15 December 2004 | by oxbloodSee all my reviews

I wish there were more movies about the different cultures in the UK. Not just the Anglo, but the Asian and West Indian perspectives. Even the Southeast Asian view. The Middle Easterners have shown great strides with movies like "Bend It Like Beckham" and a few others. This movie got away from me until recently. I saw in the library video section and decided to check it out. The box is very misleading. They put a young interracial couple, front and center on the cover when actually their subplot is very peripheral to the story. I guess the movie studio figured they'd get a wider audience interested with younger faces on the cover since the main characters look to be in their 50s.

George Khan (Om Puri) has left his native Pakistan to live in the UK with its soveriegnty ties. Though he has a wife back in his homeland (she is only mentioned, not seen), he marries a white Englishwoman, Ella (Lynda Bassett). They have 7 kids: 6 boys and 1 girl. Flash forward to the late 60s (where the movie actually begins) and we see his kids are truly English in behavior though he stresses that they must go to Mosque to study and worship. His oldest is to be wed in an arranged marriage to a woman he hardly knows. He runs out in the middle of the ceremony in fear, embarrassing his family especially his father who disowns him. This sets the tone of the movie. His kids are English-born and want to live like their friends in their working-class neighborhood but George wants to raise them as traditional Muslims, despite opposition from his wife, Ella, who only wants the kids to be happy. She tries to help them avoid run-ins with their father who despite his cheerfulness is quite an ogre when angered. The kids range in attitude and indifference toward George's attempts to introduce them to the traditional ways.

This is a decent introduction to immigrant life in the UK especially since it's set during a time when there was political strife over immigration of non-whites into Britain. Though it's an effective comedy, it also touches on the frustration immigrants of any culture go through to hold onto or reject their identity. The only thing marring this movie is a domestic violence scene that may bother some. Still a very good movie worth seeing.


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