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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 13 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Shaun
... Combo
... Cynth
... Milky
... Lol
... Woody (as Joe Gilgun)
... Smell
Andrew Ellis ... Gadget
Perry Benson ... Meggy
... Banjo
... Lenny
... Pukey Nicholls
Kriss Dosanjh ... Mr. Sandhu
Kieran Hardcastle ... Kes
... 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 (168) »

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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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Ovo je Engleska  »

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£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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Although this film was rated '18' in the UK when released theatrically, the film was rated '15' in Westminster and Bristol theatrically. See more »

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In one long shot of some houses small black Sky TV satellite dishes are visible. Sky TV did not begin broadcasting until the late 1980s, and this style of satellite dish was not rolled out until the launch of Sky Digital in the late 1990s. See more »

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Combo: [to Sandhu, after robbing him] Picking on a kid, mate? Fucking hell. Picking on a fucking kid, was ya? Eh?
Mr. Sandhu: Just take what you want and go, OK?
Combo: SHUT UP! I'M talking! I'M your fucking size! Fuck with me!
Mr. Sandhu: You got what you want! Just go now, alright?
Combo: Don't you fucking dare backchat me, or I will slay you now where you fucking stand, you fucking Paki cunt! Right? You listen to fucking me! That fucking kid's Dad DIED for this fucking country! What have YOU fucking done for it? FUCK-ALL but take ...
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Louie Louie
Written by Richard Berry
Performed by Toots & The Maytals
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
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(p) 1972 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd
Licensed Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group Ltd
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Make the effort to go and see this!
5 November 2006 | by See 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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