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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.

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Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 16 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Raji James ...
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Nazir Khan
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Ben Keaton ...
Kriss Dosanjh ...
Poppa Khalid
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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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R | See all certifications »

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2 June 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Kelet az Kelet  »

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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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Based on a popular stage production of the same name; most of the actors returned to reprise their roles in the movie. See more »

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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 »

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Auntie Annie: Our Peter knows how far he can go before I knock him to Kingdom Come. And that's just my husband Mrs. Shah.
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Special thanks to ... and all the residents of Openshaw. See more »

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Features Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1961) See more »

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Chalo dildar chalo
from "Pakeezah" (1971)
Licensed courtesy of The Grammophone Company of India Ltd.
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East is East
10 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

„East is East" is a refreshing inventive family story. Directly the first scene where two different religions and also two opposing views of life (namely the children's and the view of their conservative father) clash together. With the funny way of telling which is typical for the whole film, nevertheless the problems are shown in their graveness. The cast represents every member of this Pakistani family as an individual but the good relations between the siblings and their mother is shown as realistic as the problematic relation between them and their incorrigible father. The viewer gets the impression of a different culture but he will recognize a lot of aspects of his own family life, too, what was aimed by the makers who brought in the personal experiences. All in all, this movie is an evening-filling enrichment for the viewer.


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