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East is East

  • East is where the heart is.

In 1971 a Salford fish-and-chip shop owner expects his family to follow his strict Pakistani Muslim ways. His brood consisting of six sons and one daughter all move in independent-minded directions set off when the eldest son runs away from home rather than keeping to his fate of an arranged marriage.

But his children, with an English mother and having been born and brought up in Britain, increasingly see themselves as British and start to reject their father's rules on dress, food, religion, and living in general.


96 minutes, No persons under 10 (Language)
Comedy, Drama, On the Art Circuit

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Credits
Cast
Om Puri, Linda Bassett, Jordan Routledge, Archie Panjabi
Director
Damien O'Donnell
ScreenplayAyub Khan-Din
MusicDeborah Mollison
CinematographyBrian Tuffano
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackNot available
Made in1999
Produced byBritish Broadcasting Corporation, Channel Four Films, Assassin Films

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Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
The MoviesiteIan Douglas13
Cape ArgusPeter Frost10
Cape ArgusAdrian Monteath20
Cape TimesWilhelm Snyman15
The StarDarryl Accone16
Die BurgerFrancois Smith10
Sunday TimesBarry Ronge20
TV3 ScreenplayBarry Ronge18
International Media
Box Office (USA)Lael Lowenstein15
Total Film (UK)Louise Brealey15
Film Review (UK)John Binns20
IMDB184 Netizens15
Average .. 78%16

Visitor Comments
Ian Douglas: Interesting look at the life of culturally different immigrants in Britain. The film loses points by straining credibility - for example, the manner in which the father discovers that his young son is not circumcised. The film might be perceived as racist by some. None of the characters are particularly pleasant people. Adapted from the stage play of the same name.

Bruce Humphrey (44): Emotional comedy that has some truly classic moments (will not be enjoyed by racists!)


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