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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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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:

£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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ruth Jones and Emma Rydal would both go on to the TV series Stella (2012), in which Jones plays the title character. Coincidentally, in East is East Rydal's character is named Stella. See more »

Goofs

As the family enter Bradford they cross a sleeping policeman, but these were not seen on British streets in the early seventies. See more »

Quotes

Sajid Khan: Mum! Mum! The Pakis are here!
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Special thanks to ... and all the residents of Openshaw. See more »

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Features Professor (1962) See more »

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Sitting in the Park
(1965)
Written by Billy Stewart (as Stewart)
Used by permission of EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Georgie Fame
Courtesy of Polydor UK Limited
Licensed by kind permission from PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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A GREAT LITTLE GEM
24 October 2001 | by Mitch-38See all my reviews

Excellent film of interracial family, traditions versus the contemporary and chartering somewhere in the middle ground. I was somewhat dubious about the way EAST IS EAST was touted as a comedy, seemingly about horny teenagers and adolescent rebellion against parental authority. I thought, Oh Lord, the Americans have a lock on this type of flick, and now the British want in, too. Then, I saw Om Puri's name as the lead. I have been a longtime fan of this amazing actor, and thought, well it's worth a look.

Wow! What a captivating, interesting and at times, humorous film. I found it unpretentious and unflinching, and marvelously human, which is where the humor rested. The mingling of cultures, and those becoming an amalgamation of the two, lead to uproarious clashes sometimes. The wishes, well in this case, the demands of the draconian father for his children, and the reality in which they live clearly head for confrontation. The screenplay by Ayub Khan-Din is a great slice of life; it's certainly wasn't hard to tell that he might have culled some of the notions included from life experience. It's not meant to be exacting, as some have criticized. No more so, than Laura Ingalls Wilder's "LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE" was meant to be a strictly historical factoid on pioneering life in the early western US. It's meant as a slice of it, of one persons vision or interpretation.

EAST IS EAST is extraordinary, a marvel to watch, and one that simply gets better with each viewing. Don't miss this one. Highly recommended.


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