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This Is England (2006)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 27 April 2007 (UK)
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A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit.

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Shane Meadows

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Shane Meadows
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Turgoose ... Shaun
Stephen Graham ... Combo
Jo Hartley ... Cynth
Andrew Shim ... Milky
Vicky McClure ... Lol
Joseph Gilgun ... Woody (as Joe Gilgun)
Rosamund Hanson ... Smell
Andrew Ellis Andrew Ellis ... Gadget
Perry Benson Perry Benson ... Meggy
George Newton ... Banjo
Frank Harper ... Lenny
Jack O'Connell ... Pukey Nicholls
Kriss Dosanjh Kriss Dosanjh ... Mr. Sandhu
Kieran Hardcastle Kieran Hardcastle ... Kes
Chanel Cresswell ... Kelly
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This is England: Mods, New Romantics, and Skinheads are the major youth sub-cultures of this very English summer of 1983 and young 12-year-old Shaun is left wandering aimlessly alone and lost during the start of his school holidays, until his chance meeting with Woody and his fun and friendly Skinhead pack. Finding a new lease of life; girls, parties, Ben Sherman shirts, Doc Martin boots and shaven hairstyles young Shaun is welcomed, life during this summer holiday has got a whole lot better. That is until Combo arrives on the scene bitter, dangerous, racist, militant and psychotic life for young Shaun has just approached his first major crossroads. This is England is a look back at the early eighties of British working-class life through the eyes of young Shaun and his new gang, and dealing with the bitterness of outside influences such as racism and xenophobia, of mass unemployment and the fall out of the Falkland's War; Thatcher's Britain: Did we ever have it so good? When you see ... Written by Cinema_Fan

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skinhead | england | friend | racist | boy | See All (169) »

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Run with the crowd, stand alone, you decide.

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Crime | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ovo je Engleska See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£207,676 (United Kingdom), 29 April 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,430, 29 July 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$327,919, 18 November 2007
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The film takes place in 1983. See more »

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School Bully: Keith. Keithy. oi, oi.
[whistles]
Shaun: Talkin' to me?
[nods]
Shaun: What?
School Bully: I never knew Keith Chegwin had a son.
Shaun: Piss off.
School Bully: What the fuck are they?
Shaun: These, I'm wearing them for a bet, what's your excuse?
School Bully: Cheeky Bastard. Woodstock's that way pal.
[...]
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Nicole (Instrumental)
Written by Nicholas Talbot
Performed by Gravenhurst
Published by EMI Music Publishing
(P) 2005 Warp Records Limited
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Make the effort to go and see this!
5 November 2006 | by LordESee all my reviews

I wouldn't normally bother inflicting my opinion on others via this database. However, I felt compelled to re-iterate all the positive reviews and comments I've seen here and elsewhere for this truly wonderful film.

I was lucky enough to be given a free ticket for the BFI Festival viewing last Tuesday. A wonderful woman (now known as Lily) collared me in the queue for tickets and generously offered me a spare.

We sat down and I knew things were looking good when the cast were introduced but eschewed the usual Q&A session by quickly introducing themselves and asking us to simply enjoy the film adding that if anyone had any questions at the end they'd be milling around for a chat.

Anyway, enough of the preamble, to the film - it's an exemplary piece of work beautifully encapsulating the feelings of the eighties. The avarice of that time (both political and economic) juxtaposed against the heightened sense of revolt against a Thatcherite government that truly didn't seem to give a toss about anyone who wasn't on the gravy train.

The script is razor sharp and the acting excellent! I'm not going to waste your time reviewing it but I will say, please go and see it for yourself (especially if you were growing up during the eighties)...

You'll be rewarded with a superb soundtrack, laughter, sadness and at times real, palpable, tension.

Love & Rockets, Lord E.


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