"The History Boys" is a triumph for the actors and for the playwright, Alan Bennett, who first won fame in the British comedy revue, "Beyond the Fringe" with Dudley Moore, Peter Cook and Jonathan Miller... Read more. The same comedy brilliance is evident in the film. It is not just an hilarious collegiate romp. It captures the spirit of youthful exuberance with an incisive wit and thought-provoking observations on life and finding one's place in the world. The script is a masterpiece.
Meet The Boys Who Are Making History!
An unruly collection of clever but crass Thatcher-era English high-school students seek to earn the scores needed to enrol in Oxford and Cambridge in director Nicholas Hytner and screenwriter Alan Bennett's screen adaptation of Bennett's Tony-winning play. The History Boys focuses on a group of eight students, all of them deemed by their overeager headmaster (Clive Merrison) to be the best and the brightest. Though they've been coddled by their humanities-loving instructor, Hector (Richard Griffiths), and their acerbic history teacher, Mrs. Lintott (Frances de la Tour), the boys are deemed in need of additional tutoring; thus, the brash, young Irwin (Stephen Campbell Moore) is recruited to challenge them further. The subtle power games the boys used to their advantage with their previous tutors are of no use with Irwin, whose wit borders on the callous. Meanwhile, Irwin's presence -- and a hush-hush scandal -- forces all of the faculty members to reassess their position at the school. Hytner shot The History Boys shortly after the play's Broadway run, to capitalize on the enthusiasm and energy exhibited in the live shows
- Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Richard Griffiths, Penelope Wilton, Frances De La Tour, Russell Tovey, Stephen Campbell Moore, Clive Merrison, Andrew Knott, Adrian Scarborough, Samuel Barnett, Georgia Taylor, Sacha Dhawan, Samuel Anderson, Jamie Parker
- Nicholas Hytner
- Drama , Teen Drama , Gay & Lesbian