In England in 1987, a teenager from an Asian family learns to live his life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of American rock star Bruce Springsteen.

Director:

Gurinder Chadha

Writers:

Sarfraz Manzoor (screenplay by), Gurinder Chadha (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Barratt ... Matt (10)
Ronak Singh Chadha Berges Ronak Singh Chadha Berges ... Javed (10) (as Ronak Chadha Berges)
Viveik Kalra ... Javed
Lee Barnett Lee Barnett ... Foreman
Dean-Charles Chapman ... Matt
Kit Reeve ... Emma
David Hayman ... Mr Evans
Kulvinder Ghir ... Malik (Father)
Nikita Mehta ... Shazia (Sister)
Rob Brydon ... Matt's Dad
Meera Ganatra ... Noor (Mother)
Lorraine Ashbourne ... Kathy
Tara Divina ... Yasmeen (Cousin)
Jeff Mirza ... Mr Shah
Frankie Fox ... Colin Hand
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Storyline

In 1987 Britain, Javed Khan is a British-Pakistani college arts student in Luton in a family with a domineering father. Depressed by his oppressive family life and feeling he has no future in a hostile community, a newfound friend introduces Javed to the music of Bruce Springsteen. Touched by the rock star's powerfully eloquent affinity of his own feelings, Javed is inspired to reach out for his own dreams with his own talents. However, although Javed finds friends he never expected in this personal quest, he also finds himself butting heads with his newly unemployed father who stubbornly refuses to understand his son's new aspirations. In this conflict of values in a troubled time, Javed must decide what is truly important to him while his family struggles to understand what has changed and what remains with a new generation feeling born to run. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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For Anyone Who Has Ever Wanted to Dream. You're Not Alone.

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Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material and language including some ethnic slurs. | See all certifications »

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The movie is inspired by the life of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor and his love of the works of Bruce Springsteen. It is based on Manzoor's memoir "Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N' Roll". See more »

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The DJ is playing Tiffany: I Think We're Alone Now in Nov '87, but it didn't reach the UK charts until early 1988. He also talks about people wanting to hear Bros. They didn't have their first hit until 1988 with When Will I Be Famous. Their first single I Owe You Nothing entered the UK chart on 28th November 1987 at Number 81. See more »

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[first lines]
Young Javed: September, 1980. My best friend Matt and I have the same birthday. He got a brand new chopper bike. It's really fast and looks so cool. I got a Rubik's cube. But Matt gave me this diary that he didn't want. And I'm going to write in it every day.
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Connections

References Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

For You My Love
Music composed and produced by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Rianjali Bhowmick (as Rianjali)
Performed by Viveik Kalra
Recorded at Panchathan Record Incc, Chennai and Air Studios London
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Great Movie With 80's Hair and Flares
10 July 2019 | by martimusrossSee all my reviews

Blinded By The Light

I enjoyed this movie very much once I got beyond being dragged back to the 80's with the dodgy hair and flares.

The movie explored many themes and these provided the backdrop for a rites of passage of a young Pakistani man growing up in Luton. He needed to make sense of the world and this was through the cipher of Bruce Springsteen's lyrics and music.

What was good,

1, whilst dealing with racism it was presented as a feature of the time, it did not take over the movie.

2, the story was more important than realism and we had moments when the movie took off with musical numbers.

3, the whole cast did a brilliant job particularly the mum and the dad,

4, Javed play by Viveik Kalra was a masterclass in micro-emotions, the whole movie rested on this young man and he delivered the goods. Skills way beyond his years.

5, the music and graphic were great I just wish I was more familiar with the Boss's music but we were listening to Kate Bush and Duran Duran.

6, Margaret Thatcher brought a decade of pain to Britain as she transformed a bankrupt state to a market economy. It was necessary but had terrible effects on people's lives and this was shown effectively here.

This was a very niche movie, very claustrophobic and there was very little action but I enjoyed it immensely.


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Language:

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Release Date:

16 August 2019 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,333,305, 18 August 2019

Gross USA:

$11,901,145

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,096,691
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Dolby Atmos

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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