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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 ... 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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Young, Free and soon not to be single 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:

A Kelet az Kelet See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£1,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£435,627 (United Kingdom), 7 November 1999, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,569, 16 April 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,170,647, 10 September 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title derives from Rudyard Kipling's poem "The Ballad of East and West", with its refrain "Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet" See more »

Goofs

On the rooftops, modern metal gas vents are seen in place of the ceramic chimney pots that would have been in use at the time. See more »

Quotes

Priest: God bless.
George Khan: And Allah be with you
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Special thanks to ... and all the residents of Openshaw. See more »

Connections

References Pakeezah (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Chalo dildar chalo
from "Pakeezah" (1971)
Licensed courtesy of The Grammophone Company of India Ltd.
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High-class movie
4 October 2002 | by ian_harrisSee all my reviews

A bitter-sweet comedy with some moments of truly stark drama, this is a high-class movie. Yes, there are randy dogs and fat, ugly girls - but the piece is a class act because it mixes those "laugh-out-loud funny" comic set pieces with great drama so cleverly.

Very much a period piece, the movie is set in Salford in 1971 - a telling time for a part-Pakistani family with Enoch Powell's shadow never too far away and the break-away of East Pakistan (Bangladesh-to-be)unravelling as the film goes on. The poverty of 1971 Salford with the outside toilet, bedpans and tin bath is excellently portrayed. And at a more mundane level, the constant sight of a bright orange space-hopper and its comedic demise is truly nostalgic, especially to this reviewer whose own space-hopper suffered a similar fate around 1971.

Superb acting performances all round - Linda Bassett used to be one of the better-kept secrets on the UK stage, but now I suppose the secret is out. Highly recommended movie.


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