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East Is East (1999)

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Release Date
 USA: Oct 7, 1999
DVD Release Date
 R1: Sep 12, 2000
 R2: 10 Sep 2001

Budget GBP 1,900,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 36 minutes

Country UK

Studio Assassin Films, BBC, Film Four Distributors

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Culture Clash, Suspense, Satire, Gay/Lesbian, Marriage

Tagline: A comedy of families, a chip shop... and a very randy dog.

Plot: Set in the early 1970s, EAST IS EAST, directed by Damien O'Donnell, follows the lives of a Pakistani-English family living in Northern England. George Khan (Om Puri), a proud Pakistani immigrant, and his British wife, Ella (Linda Bassett), run a fish and chip shop, while raising their seven children. George is determined to honor Pakistani tradition by arranging marriages for each of the children, whether they like it or not. When the Khan kids, including the nightclubbing Tariq (Jimi Mistry), the artsy Saleem (Chris Bisson), and the shy, parka-wearing Sajid (Jordan Routledge), begin to rebel against their forceful father, their mother also joins the household mutiny. During an awkward nuptial arrangement meeting with the snobby Shahs and their two unappealing daughters, the family's conflict hits its peak with surprising results.

With his first feature film, O'Donnell convincingly recreates the 1970s setting and carefully avoids glossing over the Khan family's difficulties. Puri and Bassett are excellent as the well-meaning parents, while Routledge is particularly charming as the reclusive youngest son. A quirky comedy that doesn't shy away from tense drama, EAST IS EAST is a truly unique film.

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 Directed by
Damien O'Donnell
Inside I'm Dancing, Heartlands
 Written by
Ayub Khan-Din
My Beautiful Laundrette, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, Hercule Poirot's Christmas
Om Puri
The Ghost and the Darkness, Wolf, Rang De Basanti
Linda Bassett
The Hours, Calendar Girls, Mary Reilly
Jordan Routledge
Gabriel & Me
Archie Panjabi
Bend It Like Beckham, The Constant Gardener, Yasmin
Emil Marwa
The Guru, Code 46, Izzat
Chris Bisson
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Jimi Mistry
The Guru, Ella Enchanted, Touch of Pink
 Music By
Deborah Mollison
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