Overall Rank: 784
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 79
Theatrical Release Date: 09/12/2006
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Shane Meadows
Actors: Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley, Andrew Shim, Vicky McClure, Perry Benson
Plot: In England, circa 1983, a young boy whose father has been killed at war falls in with a group of teenage skinheads. An unflinching, often humorous and grippingly uncomfortable look at the politics of hate, disenfranchisement and what it means to love (or hate) your country. Based on the personal experiences of director Shane Meadows.
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Matthew Brady - wrote on 02/21/2014
In England, circa 1983, a young boy whose father has been killed at war falls in with a group of teenage skinheads. An unflinching, often humorous and grippingly uncomfortable look at the politics of hate, disenfranchisement and what it means to love (or hate) your country. This movie has a strong way to show a drama and this movie nails it on the spot.
FSUNoles27TS - wrote on 03/15/2013
I am not from England, and do not know much about the background behind this movie. By others' comments it seems that this is an accurate depiction. This movie was phenomenal. Absolutely heart-wrenching and deep. Would suggest it to a lot of people.
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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 08/30/2012
A heavy drama that starts out light then gets darker towards its conclusion. Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) was humiliated three times during July of 1983. He encounters Richard "Woody" Woodford (Joe Gilgun) and invites him to join the group of shaven stylish boys and girls. Combo (Stephen Graham) arrives and asks the group who wants to join him after expresses English nationalism and racist views. A powerful film about England during the 80's with applicable and enjoyable music and style. Direction and performances were good. Thomas Turgoose can carry his own while Stephen Graham impressive. Only knack would be a definite plot, which focuses on characters than the story. One of the rare occasions wherein realism from the artists and story were presented. This is England touches on the …
Yojimbo - wrote on 01/19/2012
This IS England. I've never seen a film that so completely sums up a place and time as this one; an England in a time before the internet, DVDs and Playstation, where the only outlet for bored teens was music and the tribal camaraderie that accompanies it. The plot is not the best you will ever see, but this is one of those films where the plot is not the point; it skillfully side steps cliches and stereotypes and constantly defies jaded expectation. It has an understanding of humanity and what drives it that very few do, and presents it perfectly. Every single character is completely believable and it attempts to understand the motivations behind even the most despicable character. Even the hardcore nationalists are not demonised, but shown exactly as they are; a bunch of ignorant, …
gideon43 - wrote on 05/27/2010
Shane Meadows continues to justify his tag as the British Martin Scorsese with this riveting portrayal of life in Thatchers Britain circa 1983.
Thomas Turgoose plays Shaun, a 12 year old boy a troubled and alienated boy who is bullied at school. Shaun's father has recently been killed fighting in the Falklands War.
Finding friendship with a gang of jovial and older skinheads, Shaun gradually becomes accepted and discovers a world of Ben Sherman shirts, Doc Martins, Parties and girls.
The return of Combo (Stephen Graham), an older more extreme skinhead threatens to tear the group apart and Shaun believing he has found a suitable role model begins to drift into a more dangerous and radical lifestyle.
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