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The History Boys


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  • Actors: Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour
  • Directors: Nicholas Hytner
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: April 17 2007
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NIVJFO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,168 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 28 2007
Format: DVD
I thought this movie was okay and could have been better even with its funny and touching scenes (brief encounter!). Set in Yorkshire, England in 1983, and centers around a handful of boys in their final year of high school. The boys represent a rather interesting and eclectic mix: there's one who's gay, another who loves sports more than school, and another who is the valedictorian but who acts more like the class bully. Nevertheless, they're all brilliant students who are particularly apt scholars of history and the French language. When news circulates that they have a chance at getting into Oxford and Cambridge, the headmaster (Clive Merrison) hires a young Oxford graduate (Stephen Campbell Moore) to temporarily teach the kids for the "big test" and make them more well rounded students and optimum choices for acceptance, all while intruding upon their favorite History teacher's (Richard Griffiths) class time.He's obese, challenging, and eccentric. He also rides a motorcycle and endlessly quotes great poetry. He firmly agrees with A.E. Houseman who wrote: "All human knowledge is precious whether or not it serves the slightest human use." If Hector were around today he might be on the endangered species list. But Hector also has a dark side. He seems to get a sexual charge out of taking students out for intimate rides on his motorcycle, and his inappropriate behavior eventually becomes an issue in the film. His job is to prepare some promising but uncouth students for Oxford. He uses creative teaching methods and actually encourages them to think for themselves.

"The History Boys" is also very hip to British pop culture, with numerous '80s rock songs throughout, and very intellectual, with poignant poetry found in nearly every scene.
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There is a lot of dialogue in this film (seeing as how it was originally a play, this is understandable). The first time I watched this movie I didn't know what to think of it. It seemed overly long and kind of boring. I had to view it a second time to really appreciate it - the story, the characters, the problems, etc.

The cast is superb; they mesh REALLY well. This is the original theatre cast so that may explain their ease with each other. Very witty dialogue and beautifully filmed. There ARE a couple scenes that drag on longer than they need to, but what are you gonna do? Mostly all movies are like that. The soundtrack is phenomenal - if you can find it, do yourself a favour and pick it up.

The ending was very bittersweet - very unexpected but poignant all the same.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denyse on Nov. 3 2010
Format: DVD
In this movie what I realized is the importance of being truthful in life especially when dealing with younger people. Great characters, great actors and the message gets across. Will always be one of my favorite movies.
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This was a wonderful film. I have heard critics who argued that the performances were too formal, like stage performers, but that is one of the things I loved about this film.

The film is not simple and you will think about it for a long time afterwards. At least rent it, but consider purchasing.
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