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The History Boys (2006)

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An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, as their headmaster pushes for them all to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge.

Director:

Nicholas Hytner

Writers:

Alan Bennett (screenplay), Alan Bennett (play)
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel Anderson ... Crowther
James Corden ... Timms
Stephen Campbell Moore ... Irwin
Richard Griffiths ... Hector
Frances de la Tour ... Mrs. Lintott
Andrew Knott ... Lockwood
Russell Tovey ... Rudge
Jamie Parker Jamie Parker ... Scripps
Dominic Cooper ... Dakin
Samuel Barnett ... Posner
Sacha Dhawan ... Akhtar
Clive Merrison ... The Headmaster
Penelope Wilton ... Mrs. Bibby
Adrian Scarborough ... Wilkes
Georgia Taylor ... Fiona
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Storyline

In 1980s Britain, a group of young men at Cutlers' Grammar School all have the brains, and the will to earn the chance of getting accepted in the finest universities in the nation, Oxford and Cambridge. Despite the fine teaching by excellent professionals like Mrs Lintott in history and the intellectually enthusiastic Hector in General Studies, the Headmaster is not satisfied. He signs on the young Irwin to polish the students' style to give them the best chance. In this mix of intellectualism and creative spirit that guides a rigorous preparation regime for that ultimate educational brass ring, the lives of the randy students and the ostensibly restrained faculty intertwine that would change their lives forever. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Meet The Boys Who Are Making History! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

History Boys See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,803, 26 November 2006

Gross USA:

$2,706,659

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,401,952
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Griffiths' character rides a Velocette motorcycle. See more »

Goofs

In the montage scene in the library, at least three books, Michael Burleigh's "The Third Reich" (2001), Alan Bullock's "Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives" (1991), and John Guy's "Tudor England" (1988) are visible, neither of which had been published in 1983/84 when the film was set. See more »

Quotes

Hector: "Happy is England, sweet her artless daughters; enough their simple loveliness for me." Keats.
Crowther: Oh! We won't be examined on that, though, will we, sir?
Hector: Keats?
Crowther: Happiness.
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the film, the title - "The History Boys" - is taken letter by letter from random parts of an essay on the dissolution of the monasteries, a common history topic, which the History Boys themselves write later on in the film. See more »

Connections

References Gilda (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Bye Bye Blackbird
Written by Mort Dixon & Ray Henderson
(c) 1926 (Renewed 1953) All Rights for the Extended Term Administered by the Fred Ahlert Music Corporation on Behalf of Olde Clover Leaf Music
(c) Remick Music Corp.
By kind permission of Ray Henderson Music Inc and Redwood Music Ltd care of Carlin Music Corp.
(c) Warner Bros. Inc. by kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
Performed by Samuel Barnett, Jamie Parker and the History Boys
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Wonderful film
9 October 2006 | by kimab-1See all my reviews

I had the good fortune to see a preview of this film at Picturehouse Greenwich - the best cinema in London. I had seen the play in London so was expecting to be disappointed at seeing the film of the History Boys on the screen. However,I am pleased to report it is a fantastic film. Great characters, far too many good performances to pick any one person as best actor. The boys and staff of the school were fantastic and totally believable. Not quite how life was when I was at school, but I imagine many grammar schools in the 1980's were the same.

I laughed out loud and cried and left the cinema with a smile on my face.

A must see


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