Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The History Boys

2006 British Feature

Cast: Richard Griffiths, Samuel Anderson, Samuel Barnett, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Sacha Dhawan, Andrew Knott, Clive Merrison, Stephen Campbell Moore, Jamie Parker, Russell Tovey and Frances de la Tour
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Writer: Alan Bennett, based on his play

An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, all eager for them to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 65% / Audience: 70%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 74% / Audience: 6.1%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • BAFTA Award nominations for Best Actor (Griffiths) and Supporting Actress (de la Tour).
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.

  • Alan Bennett's play The History Boys premiered at the Royal National Theatre in London in 2004, followed by its Broadway debut two years later. The play won multiple awards, including the 2005 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and the 2006 Tony Award for Best Play. Nicholas Hytner directed both productions, which featured the same main cast. Hytner and his cast returned for the film adaptation as well.
  • In addition to Best Play, The History Boys' Broadway production won five other Tony Awards, including Best Director, Actor (Griffiths) and Featured Actress (de la Tour).

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