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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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Taglines:

A comedy with attitude about finding your way in a home with no latitude. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Atalanta Filmes (Portugal)

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Urdu

Release Date:

2 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

East Is East 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

When the children run away from home, they are seen boarding a green Salford City Transport bus. Salford City buses were incorporated into the South-East Lancashire North-East Cheshire Passenger Transport Authority (Selnec) in 1968, and the bus would have been orange and white with a Selnec logo. See more »

Quotes

[Moorhouse and Earnest are distributing leaflets of Enoch Powell as George passes by]
Mr. Moorhouse: 'Ere, look, see? There's one of'em now. Got his bags packed for his way home, heh.
Earnest Moorhouse: [Respectfully] Salam Alekom, Mr. Khan.
Mr. Moorhouse: [Slaps Earnest over the head] Shut up, you little bastard!
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to ... and all the residents of Openshaw. See more »


Soundtracks

Chaudvin Ka chand Ho Ya Aaftaab Ho
(uncredited)
Sung by Mohammad Rafi in the film clip from Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960)
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He Loved His Parker
23 January 2001 | by daveisitSee all my reviews

"East is East" tried to cover too many issues and genres in the one film. In the end I don't think the script was strong enough to tie all this together, and the film suffered because of it. Having said that I believe it was a strong performance from a talented cast.

In it's favour there were some hilarious scenes throughout the movie, and an insight into the Pakistani families and communities in England. Not the typical English stereotypes usually portrayed by Hollywood, nor the typical London lifestyle so often seen in movies today, which was a refreshing change.

Oh Yeah, this confirmed how dangerous and damaging religion has the potential to be. Definitely worth a look.


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