• The History Boys (2006)

The History Boys

Release Date: November 21st, 2006

DVD Release Date: April 17th, 2007

R |1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary

An unorthodox teacher (Stephen Campbell Moore) and his colleagues (Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour) at a British grammar school try to prepare gifted young charges for the upcoming Oxford and Cambridge entrance exams. The students absorb the facts and figures thrown at them by academia, and in the process, they also learn a little about life.

Cast: Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, Stephen Campbell Moore, Samuel Barnett, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Jamie Parker, Russell Tovey

Director: Nicholas Hytner

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: BBC, Free Range Films, DNA Films

Keywords: England, Transformation, Pursuit, 1980s, Sacrifice, Emotional, Friendship, Friend

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    If you liked the play and the compelling ideas Bennett kicks around, the movie makes for an intellectually invigorating couple of hours. show more

  • 88
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Vibrates with exuberance and erudition. show more

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The screen, like the stage, can barely contain this marvelous play of intelligence.

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Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)