Based on Alan Bennett's play and starring the original stage cast, The History Boys is set in a school in the north of England in the mid 1980s, where the Headmaster is desperately trying to send boys to Oxford and Cambridge. To do this he enlists the help of a supply teacher to coach his brightest pupils into shape for the exam. The boys however are torn by their loyalty to the eccentric, poetry-spouting English master Hector. (Richard Griffiths). As they prepare for exams and admissions, the boys' journey becomes a reflection on how education works and where it leads.
Wonderfully Alan Bennett, littered with superb one liners to keep you on your toes.
History Boys seems to have made the transition from stage to screen almost flawlessly.
A very strong cast keep the fairly simple story line ebbing and flowing beautifully.
A thoroughly enjoyable piece of British cinema.
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disappointing and irritating
- The History Boys review by PV
I can see why people like this movie, despite its staginess. However, probably because I went to a grammar school in the 80s I HATED it - it is SO unrealistic, and all the boys speak like 1950s schoolboys (like Bennet, actually). Perhaps if i were American or had had an education in a comprehensive I'd love it - but I simply cringed at how inaccurate it was! Grammar schools in the 80s were NOT like this!