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The History Boys [DVD] [2006]

Richard Griffiths , Samuel Barnett , James Corden    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Griffiths, Samuel Barnett, Stephen Campbell Moore, Frances de la Tour, Andrew Knott
  • Directors: James Corden
  • Producers: George Fenton, Nicholas Hytner, Damian Jones
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: 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: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M2DLIY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,784 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on the acclaimed play of the same name, The History Boys is a faithful, intelligent piece of cinema, even if it is a little reluctant to stray from its theatrical roots.

Penned by Alan Bennett and set in 1982 Yorkshire, The History Boys follows a group of ‘A’ Level students as they’re schooled through their attempts to get into Oxbridge. Under the tutelage of Richard Griffiths’ liberal Hector and Campbell Moore’s Irwin, there’s plenty here to admire. Firstly, the script crackles along, with snappy dialogue and characters well worthy of your interest. Secondly, the performances from the predominantly young cast are well worthy of note. And then there’s the deft directorial touch of Nicholas Hytner (The Madness Of King George, The Crucible), all of which lifts The History Boys into a film of real merit.

There are questions to be asked over whether you’re expected to sympathise with one or two characters in the film, of course, and there’s the aforementioned issue that it’s far too faithful to the source play (which results in an overlong running time). But ultimately, The History Boys is a witty, challenging and testing film, whose qualities outweigh its problems. --Jon Foster

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Based on the acclaimed play of the same name, The History Boys is a faithful, intelligent piece of cinema, even if it is a little reluctant to stray from its theatrical roots. Penned by Alan Bennett and set in 1982 Yorkshire, The History Boys follows a group of A Level students as theyre schooled through their attempts to get into Oxbridge. Under the tutelage of Richard Griffiths liberal Hector and Campbell Moores Irwin, theres plenty here to admire. Firstly, the script crackles along, with snappy dialogue and characters well worthy of your interest. Secondly, the performances from the predominantly young cast are well worthy of note. And then theres the deft directorial touch of Nicholas Hytner (The Madness Of King George, The Crucible), all of which lifts The History Boys into a film of real merit. There are questions to be asked over whether youre expected to sympathise with one or two characters in the film, of course, and theres the aforementioned issue that its far too faithful to the source play (which results in an overlong running time). But ultimately, The History Boys is a witty, challenging and testing film, whose qualities outweigh its problems. --Jon Foster


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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every bit as good as the stage play. 9 Sep 2007
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A brilliant film. Superbly acted by a cast who manage to project real emotion to the screen. Having seen the stage play twice, I was doubtful that the film could be as good. Fortunately the temptation to sensationalise some parts were avoided and the resulting film is excellent. Isn't is funny how those who object on moral grounds only seem worried by the homosexuality. Of the critical reviews I have read, not one condemned the headmaster for his groping of the school secretary!. Modern day standards or just discrimination?
I viewed the DVD on rental and purchased it the following day. Can not recommend it highly enough..
Ian Scott
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Education matters 27 Aug 2007
Format:DVD
It's clear from the wide range of review comments that this film is not for everyone. If you don't see the point of education, forget it. But the film raises an issue that for many people is very important today -- just what is education for? -- and answers it on two different levels. Explicitly, "pass it on", which doesn't sound very much. But it's the implicit message that matters, which is that education is essential for giving people confidence and fulfillment, as well as many other things.
The film differs in one significant respect from the stage play which was so successful at the National Theatre. Posner, whom Alan Bennett says had much of his younger self in, no longer ends up as a psychotic loner but becomes another teacher. This changes the balance of the moral, as well as increasing the gay emphasis. Bennett has also excised the puzzling opening of the play in which Irwin is seen as a spin-doctor. Yes, the younger actors were getting a bit old for 18-year-olds by the time the film was made, but the visual settings are splendid, and I'm sure I'm not the only viewer who finds the ending -- in either version -- moving.
If your're remotely interested in why people should learn beyond functional necessities, you should see the film or the play, doesn't matter which. If you're not -- why not?
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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History Boys is a film adaptation of an Alan Bennett play about eight boys spending an extra term at school for their Oxbridge exams in the early 80s. It stars the same young men who have successfully played the boys on stage over the last couple of years as well as fine performances by Richard Griffiths, Frances De La Tour, Clive Merrison and Stephen Campbell Moore. The boys start their term being taught by the eccentric, camp academic Hector (Griffiths) though the dour, practical headmaster (Merrison) replaces some of his lessons with rookie recruit Irwin (Moore) to give the boys some edge and help them think outside the box. The contrast, conflict and respect between the two generations is cleverly portrayed, as is the gradual development of the individual personalities of the eight students.

All well written and beautifully developed then yet nothing like my secondary education even though the boys are only supposed to be a handful of years older than me. The undercurrent of homosexuality, ubiquitous use of surnames and flamboyant flouting of academic prowess were not part of my school experience though maybe these facets were more prevalent in single sex Grammar Schools a few years earlier.

Although The History Boys was written as a play and is probably most effective on stage, the film adaptation is memorable and thought-provoking with some fine dialogue and excellent performances. Well worth seeing.
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The History Boys 8 Jun 2007
Format:DVD
I have bought many DVD's through Amazon, but having seen this film on the stage, at the cinema and now on a rented DVD, I decided to share my views with others for the first time. Perhaps being a little biased as I think everything Alan Bennett writes is worth reading or looking at, I must disagree with those reviewers who feel it is too faithful to the stage play. If it hadn't been then I think it would have diminished the quality of the production.

I've shared the film with any friends of a variety of ages, from 17 to 87 and there has not been one who hasn't found it a very enjoyable experience. A film well worth taking the time to look at.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The History Boys 6 Jun 2007
Format:DVD
Excellent. Low-key presentation belies the excellence of the movie. Quick-witted and clever, fine characterisation - this movie was a pleasure to watch. Good Sunday afternoon viewing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it! 7 Oct 2009
Format:DVD
A friend lent it to me and I must say I didn't know what to expect at all. I was very pleasantly surprised when I watched it. It is full of fun, wise at times , sad at others and really enjoyable. I am unlike other reviewers and do not find it a problem that the 'hero' likes to fondle his students' genitals. I can't say that I approve either or would be happy if it happened in schools, rather, I thought it was about what society in general perceives as harmful and what can actually appear acceptable to some. In my opinion the youngsters tolerated it because they knew they weren't harmed in any way. I also suppose that they must have known about the depth of loneliness their teacher felt and realized that by accepting to be fondled they made his life happier, more worth living, without any evil consequences for themselves. Their attitude is full of benevolence and acceptance and I do not find it worrying at all. they must have been able to balance the wealth of knowledge he made accessible to them and decided to put up with what they must have felt like a slight inconvenience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
The best film I have seen in years: hilarious, poignant and uproarious!! Highly recommended, whether for study or simply for viewing a film that centres on a group of decent human... Read more
Published 7 days ago by EllaMeister
4.0 out of 5 stars CHALLENGE OF TEACHING
Excellent film on a difficult subject. Tackles various aspects of the challenge of teaching, which as a job is closest to permanent wooing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jean-Louis FABRY
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!
James Corden, Richard Griffiths, what's not to love? Funny and emotional. Easy to relate to makes you smile lots :)
Published 2 months ago by Burtholomew
4.0 out of 5 stars histroy boiiiis
I really enjoyed this movie, I though I wouldn't but it was a great story and characters are perfect in this to
Published 2 months ago by pjones
4.0 out of 5 stars The history boys
Not a film have watched yet but was highly recommended in his James Corden's autobiography which is worth a read too.
Published 2 months ago by Michael Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
This DVD is great fun, and evocative of the time in which it is set. Richard Griffiths turns in an excellent performance and the supporting cast play off each other with great... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Caroline Dudley
1.0 out of 5 stars where is my purchase?
I stil havnt received it ! You advised before xmss tryong to del but didnt. Plse sort out as soon as poss and advise
Published 2 months ago by C I PHILLIPS
5.0 out of 5 stars favourite
i saw this alone one boxing day evening - i was transported - i had to have it - i got my copy and i feel that i could almost recite the whole the film from start to end - Bennet... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. V. M. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Thought provoking , showing teachers and pupils as real three dimensional human beings peppered with pathos and humour . Highly recommended .
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected.
As a fan of several actors in this film I knew I had to watch it. I wasn't sure what to expect. However, it was great. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Beauty79
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