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East Is East [DVD] [1999]

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  • Actors: Om Puri, Linda Bassett, Jordan Routledge, Archie Panjabi, Emil Marwa
  • Directors: Damien O'Donnell
  • Writers: Ayub Khan-Din
  • Producers: Alan J. Wands, Leslee Udwin, Paul Webster, Shellie Smith, Stephanie Guerrasio
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Urdu
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sept. 2001
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NW45
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,230 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Salford, 1971 and Pakistani chip shop owner George Khan (Om Puri) lives with his white wife Ella (Linda Bassett) and their seven children. George wants to raise his children as devout Muslims, but things go wrong when his eldest son Nazir (Ian Aspinall) flees his arranged marriage midway through the ceremony. Undeterred, George plans a marriage for his son Tariq (Jimi Mistry), but when Tariq discovers what is happening he rebels against his father, and the future of the family is plunged into doubt.

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A surprise hit internationally, Damien O'Donnell's feature debut is a warm, richly funny portrait of the cultural and emotional collisions of a multiracial family in 1971 Salford, where curry meets fish-and-chips and the threat of a spacehopper lurks around every corner. Adapted by Ayub Khan-Din from his own stage play, the film centres on Pakistani immigrant George Khan (huge Bollywood star Om Puri) still deeply attached to the moral and political mores of his homeland, but married to Englishwoman Ella (Linda Bassett). Despite her protestations, Khan is adamant their six sons and daughter, raised to respect traditional Muslim values, must enter into arranged marriages. Meanwhile, the children are more intent on pursuing the secret pleasures of interracial dating, bacon sandwiches and midnight forays to the nearest club.

O'Donnell's direction fully exploits the often bawdy humour in the family's everyday struggles, while bringing an unexpected emotional punch to the scenes of violent confrontation which erupt as Khan becomes ever more dictatorial. The film also maintains comic momentum and dramatic intensity throughout thanks to excellent performances by Puri, Bassett and the remaining cast, including soap stars Chris Bisson (Coronation Street) and Jimi Mistry (EastEnders). Against a backdrop of 1970s pop culture, the many highlights include an oversexed dog and a giant sculpted pudenda. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
I can't remember how many times I've watched East is East since I bought the DVD 12 years ago. Without a doubt one of my favourite films mainly because it's so real and brings 1971 back to life for those of us old enough to remember.

The Khan family are an ethnic mix of Pakistani, Muslim, father and white, no obvious faith, British mother. Between them they have seven children who have been bought up in Western society and have strayed far from their father's expectations. The family business, fish and chip shop, along with their tiny terraced house in Salford set the scene for some of their fiercest and funniest scenes. Watch out for a very young Ruth Jones!.

You can't have a family divided and not expect the two cultures to clash and when they clash, they really clash!. There's some deep, soul searching and emotion beneath the comedy. Khan is broken by the anarchy of his children and what he sees as his wife's rebellion and lack of respect. For Khan there's one solution; bullying and domestic violence. There are some strong scenes and equally strong language. Just as it appears he's gone too far something amazing happens. Khan learns a lesson about the real strength of a woman and sees how she can put his life, and that of his children, back together again.

I'm a huge fan of this film and can only recommend it at 5*.

Runs to approx. 92 minutes and on my disc the extra content is; Theatrical Trailer, Deleted Scenes, Director's Commentary, Cast and Crew Interviews, Behind the Scene Footage, TV Ads, Audio Description for the Visually Impaired.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By crazy one on 10 Dec. 2010
Format: DVD
Having first seen the cover I thought rubbish, however, I rate this as a very funny film. The setting depicts the struggle of a white/ pakistani marriage with the children all doing their own thing. Having a strict father serve all the more in making the children rebel against their pakistan upbringing. Having been born in England it is obvious that their ways and mannerisms are going to be more of an english nature. A very funny seen is when they go to "Bradistan" Bradford, to "cement" an arranged marriage only to find that when they get there all is not as it seems, the prospective wives to be look more like Laurel and Hardy than the pretty girls that boys thought that they would be, this throws the whole of the boys family into chaos with both familys falling out much to the boys relief, safe in the knowledge that they are free to play the field for another day. If you can see all the funny sides to this film you will be garanteed aching side from laughing so much. It is a film that is well written, taken a lot of thought and is true to the attitude of the 70's children.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Aug. 2002
Format: DVD
East is East is a brilliant film. It manages to realistically portray early 70s Salford (Manchester, UK) and the life of a British non-religious mother, a Pakistani staunch Muslim father and their seven kids, whilst indulging in one of the funniest comedies I have seen in a long time. The acting from the entire cast is superb, beautifully timed and able to capture the highs and lows and the trivial of their lives. The story is based around the clash of cultures between little England (look out for the different reactions of the Enoch Powell supporting neighbour and his grandchildren towards the Khan family: priceless!) and the unknown - and regularly misunderstood - Indian subcontinent immigrants. Without giving away too much of the story, I would recommend you just to sit back, watch and enjoy. Laugh at the genuinely funny moments (Sajid's circumcision, Salim's 'art' and Tariq being 'Tony' are my favourites) and appreciate the somewhat inevitable clashes between East and West that give the film a tenser edge, making you remember that it wasn't all Space Hoppers and groooovy music in the 70s.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 5 Sept. 2008
Format: DVD
East Is East is nothing less than a masterpiece!

This film is appealing to so many people for so many different reasons. I am someone who is not that keen on modern films - not least because of their violence, crudity and constant flow of unnecessary bad language; however, despite what can only be described as this film's appallingly frequent and 'filthy' dialogue, it incredibly does not detract from what is otherwise a very sensitive and altogether 'human' story, and indeed contributes to much of the comedy and humour of the movie throughout. Anyone like myself who is old enough to have lived through 1971 will appreciate the sheer mastery at which the cast were able to recreate that particular era to utter perfection.

Unlike so many movies - including great ones, there is no 'pause' within this film where you are bored - not even for a minute whilst awaiting the next entertaining moment; each scene is superb! I've already watched this title six times to date, and will no doubt view it many, many more times to come, and still enjoy it.

Highly recommended to all - even to those who do not normally care for bad language, and the odd bit of domestic violence.

Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms Sarah Cook on 7 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Having seen West is West already (The follow on)I couldn't wait to see this DVD. I think you really have to be from Pakistan or India, or else to know the culture well to understand the heartbreaking undertones. It's hilarious, thought provoking and sad all at the same time. If you buy this you HAVE to get West is West too so you can see what eventually happens to the whole family! West Is West [DVD] (2010)
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