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

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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Taglines:

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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Trivia

Just before the storm sequence where Javed heads outside to throw his poems into the trash, a famous television clip is shown from 16th October 1987 of weather forecaster Michael Fish, beginning his bulletin with "Earlier on today, apparently a woman rang the BBC and said she had heard a hurricane was on the way. Well, I can assure people watching, don't worry, there isn't."

Mr.Fish was unfairly derided for not predicting the severe storm which followed, since the British people (who live on the EAST coast of an ocean) luckily don't know how much very worse even a mild hurricane really is, so out of the resulting ignorance he was much lampooned in the press. See more »

Goofs

Although the cars depicted on the street scenes and the estate parking lot where Javed's home is are correct for the era the film was supposed to have taken place in, they are all in pristine condition, which is unbelievable given that the salting of roads in Britain led to early rust out of cars only a few years old. This is most obvious by Javed's father's car - a thirteen year old Vauxhall Viva with not a spot of tin worm on it. See more »

Quotes

[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 Mona Lisa (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Backstreets
Written by Bruce Springsteen
Performed by Bruce Springsteen
Published by Universal Music Works on behalf of Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Don't be fooled, this film is far more about the story than the music
9 July 2019 | by coombsstephenSee all my reviews

I have to confess I am a big Springsteen fan and I really enjoyed the soundtrack to this film but unlike other recent movies, the soundtrack is just that, rather than being the core of the film.

This is a great little British movie based on a true story about a British boy with Pakistani parents trying to overcome racism and strict parentage in Luton in the 80s. It is very real but also very funny.

I found it a bit of a slow burner but it really took off and a film I will be watching again.

And of course, everything is a better with Springsteen!


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Country:

UK | USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blinded by the Light 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

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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