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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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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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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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At a Q&A period following this film's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, director Shane Meadows noted that the grim skinhead influenced upbringing of the 11-year-old protagonist was a true portrayal of his own childhood and many of the events depicted were drawn from his early life. See more »

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Misrepresentation of the World Wars. WWI and WWII were won through international cooperation. See more »

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Combo: [Walking with Shaun, Gadget, Meggy and Banjo, noticing three Indian boys playing football in a corner] Look at these little fuckin' sewer rats, look. Fuckin' vermin. Boys!
[the boys group together, but Meggy snatches the ball from them]
Combo: Now that's OUR ball now, right? And WE'RE playin' 'ere, so I suggest you take fuckin' Tweedledum and Tweedledee and fuck off home. If I see you in my streets again...
[He brandishes a penknife and brings it to the boy's cheek. Shaun smiles stupidly]
Combo: ...I'll slash ...
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Bitter sweet rites of passage story set to skinheads
2 November 2006 | by antplateSee all my reviews

'This is England' is a must see for the type of persons who enjoy a good old 'innocence of youth' narrative (including a very comedic, almost cringe inducing, 'first kiss' scene) layered with powerful retrospective British realism reflecting early 1980's societal issues of the type that you wont see on any saccharin dipped 'i remember 1982' clip show.

Based largely around the 'skinhead' activities of the early eighties its interesting to note that the story really draws distinctions between the types of skinheads - the nazi/racist and the two-tone/soul loving skinheads.

Much like Mr Meadows other outings which tend to include a lot of relatively unknown and TV only actors/actresses, they all throw in sterling performances, particularly Stephen 'snatch' Graham as 'Combo'(sp.?) and the unknown Thomas Turgoose as young 'Sean'(sp?).

The soundtrack is as usual strategically lined up to help convey with the overall look and feel, with musical styles ranging from reggae (toots and the maytals), punk and two tone. It does however include new music presumably for a soundtrack album sales point of view, what with the most underrated Clayhill covering The Smiths(?).

overall: its as retrospective sharp as it is thought provoking, so if you lived anywhere near this time then see it: you may just like it. I you didn't then learn from this time in history when skin heads were either very open minded or very closed minded.


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