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Starter for 10 (2006)

Set in 1985, working-class student Brian Jackson (McAvoy) navigates his first year at Bristol University.

Director:

Tom Vaughan

Writers:

David Nicholls (novel), David Nicholls (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Friend Joseph Friend ... Young Brian
James Gaddas ... Martin Jackson
Catherine Tate ... Julie Jackson
Mark Gatiss ... Bamber Gascoigne
Robert Cawsey Robert Cawsey ... University Challenge Competitor
Rasmus Hardiker ... University Challenge Competitor
Guy Henry ... Dr. Morrison
James McAvoy ... Brian Jackson
James Corden ... Tone
Dominic Cooper ... Spencer
Simon Woods ... Josh
Sule Rimi ... Marcus
Joe Van Moyland Joe Van Moyland ... Hippy at the Party
Rebecca Hall ... Rebecca Epstein
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Patrick Watts
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Storyline

In 1985, against the backdrop of Thatcherism, Brian Jackson enrolls in the University of Bristol, a scholarship boy from seaside Essex with a love of knowledge for its own sake and a childhood spent watching "University Challenge," a college quiz show. At Bristol he tries out for the Challenge team and falls under the spell of Alice, a lovely blond with an extensive sexual past. He's smitten, and he carelessly manages to hurt the feelings of Rebecca Epstein, a friend whose politics and wit he admires. The Challenge finale is coming up; maybe Brian can redeem himself and still avoid being a prat. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy kvízválasztó See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£207,345 (United Kingdom), 12 November 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,141, 25 February 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$210,128, 23 March 2007
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DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the fact she plays Brian Jackson's mother, Julie Jackson, Catherine Tate is only 11 years older than James McAvoy. See more »

Goofs

Venus by Bananarama is playing when Brian gets home for Christmas 1985. The song was not released until mid spring 1986. See more »

Quotes

Rebecca Epstein: Happy New Year, Brian.
Brian Jackson: Happy New Year, Alice.
Rebecca Epstein: Alice?
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits the theme music from the BBC program University Challenge (1962), which the title of the film refers to, is played. See more »

Connections

Referenced in University Challenge: The Story So Far (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

College Boy (University Challenge Theme)
Written by Derek New
Published by EMI Blackwood Music Inc.
Courtesy of Granada Television Limited
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Genuinely fun comedy, with a heart of gold....!
21 May 2007 | by hannah-226See all my reviews

I really really enjoyed this film. No, it wasn't an in-depth "gritty" drama, probing the dark side of the mundane, nor did it hold any strong political or social message. But this is a sweet, touching and, most of all, funny film.

Starter for Ten relies heavily on the charm and comedy of the characters in the film to carry it over a fairly weak plot, but seeing as the outcome is such a cheerful and good natured film, i have no complaints! My own favourite character was Patrick, the oh-so serious leader of the team, but all of the cast were strong and the characters all likable in their own ways.

S.for.Ten left me with a big smile on my face- a silly, feel good British comedy which doesn't take itself too seriously. Enjoy!


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