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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 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 »

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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

The cinema that the family visit in Bradford was filmed at what used to be The Metro in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Manchester. See more »

Goofs

The lamp posts are too new for 1971. It is possible that most side streets were still gas lit with ornate cast iron poles or with smaller concrete posts. See more »

Quotes

[Abdul and Tariq approach a local nightclub]
Bouncer: All right, Tony, how ya goin' mate?
Tariq Khan: All right, Bazza?
Bouncer: Yeah, good to see ya. All right, in ya go.
Tariq Khan: Nice, mate.
Bouncer: [to Abdul] Where do you think you're going, smiler?
Tariq Khan: This is our kid, erm...
Abdul Khan: Arthur, me name's Arthur.
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Special thanks to ... and all the residents of Openshaw. See more »

Connections

References Pakeezah (1972) See more »

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Moving
(1997)
Written by Gaz Coombes, Michael Quinn, Daniel Goffey & Rob Coombes (as Robert Joseph Coombes)
Used by permission of EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Supergrass
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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Another film showing the Evil of Religion.
22 November 2000 | by CharltonBoySee all my reviews

East is East is a very entertaining film about a Pakistani/English mixed race family living in Manchester in the 1970's and how when the Father tries to force his sons into an arranged marriage and how it almost rips the family apart. The film starts with the eldest son running away from an arranged marriage and the father saying that he is now dead because he has disgraced the family .It then goes on to show the everyday family life of a mixed race family. They seem to be happy living in a small terraced house with no money but they had each other. Some of the scenes are very funny and the acting in parts is outstanding. Later on the Pakistani father changes. He tries to arrange a marriage with two more of his sons to two misfit girls from a family from Bradford. The boys find out and for obvious reasons rebel against their father which leads the him beating his wife and one of his sons. My feeling on the film is that it shows how religion ( any religion) just splits people up and causes nothing but grief . While religion waves the banner of Love all it does is bring the Hate out in people. 7 out of 10.


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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:

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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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