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Anita & Me (2002)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Drama | 22 November 2002 (UK)
Meena, a 12-year-old living in a mining village in the English Midlands in 1972, is the daughter of Indian parents who've come to England to give her a better life. This idyllic existence ... See full summary »

Director:

Metin Hüseyin

Writers:

Meera Syal (screenplay), Meera Syal (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kabir Bedi ... Yeti
Max Beesley ... Hairy Neddy
Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Papa Kumar
Anna Brewster ... Anita Rutter
Kathy Burke ... Mrs. Deidre Rutter
Ayesha Dharker ... Mrs. Daljeet Kumar
Omid Djalili ... Uncle Amman
Alex Freeborn Alex Freeborn ... Sam Lowbridge
Lynn Redgrave ... Mrs. Ormerod
Zohra Sehgal ... Nanima
Meera Syal ... Auntie Shaila
Christine Tremarco Christine Tremarco ... Sandy
Chandeep Uppal Chandeep Uppal ... Meena Kumar
Mark Williams ... The Reverend 'Uncle' Alan
Lucy Pargeter Lucy Pargeter ... Brenda
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Meena, a 12-year-old living in a mining village in the English Midlands in 1972, is the daughter of Indian parents who've come to England to give her a better life. This idyllic existence is upset by the arrival in the village of Anita Rutter and her dysfunctional family. Anita is 14, blonde and beautiful - exactly what Meena thinks she wants to be. She becomes part of Anita's world, but events do not run smoothly. Meena's growing up - and that brings plenty of changes. Written by Phil Reynolds

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Hindi | Punjabi

Release Date:

22 November 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Anita and Me See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£453,613 (United Kingdom), 24 November 2002, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Trivia

Alex Freeborn as Sam Lowbridge rides a 1971 Triumph Bonneville. See more »

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The film shows UPVC double glazing in certain scenes. UPVC double glazing was not introduced into the UK until 1976, whereas the movie is set in 1972. See more »

Quotes

Tracey Rutter: Aw what's the dog's name?
Mrs. Rutter: Nigga
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In The Summertime
Written by Ray Dorset
Performed by Mungo Jerry
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Excellent film... which will be forgotten
28 November 2002 | by tsangari2000See all my reviews

I find it refreshing to see a film that contains an insight into other cultures.

I found it had a similar foundation as East is East; if you care to share my feeling of the film, Anita and Me was nice and sweet, while East is East was salty.

The story is indeed a solid piece of work. It tells the life of a 12-year-old girl living in the East Midlands in 1972, where she is discovering a more advanced way of life - teenage angst in other words.

The cast were superb - fine piece of acting from those familiar BBC faces. It is such a shame that the film will be forgotten.

Choose this instead of James Bond (Die Another Day clashes with this at the cinema) - at least you get to see James Bond every Bank Holiday Monday.


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