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Anita & Me (2002)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 22 November 2002 (UK)
Meena, a 12-year-old living in a mining village in the English Midlands in 1972, is the daughter of Indian parents who've come to England to give her a better life. This idyllic existence ... See full summary »

Director:

Metin Hüseyin

Writers:

Meera Syal (screenplay), Meera Syal (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kabir Bedi ... Yeti
Max Beesley ... Hairy Neddy
Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Papa Kumar
Anna Brewster ... Anita Rutter
Kathy Burke ... Mrs. Deidre Rutter
Ayesha Dharker ... Mrs. Daljeet Kumar
Omid Djalili ... Uncle Amman
Alex Freeborn Alex Freeborn ... Sam Lowbridge
Lynn Redgrave ... Mrs. Ormerod
Zohra Sehgal ... Nanima
Meera Syal ... Auntie Shaila
Christine Tremarco Christine Tremarco ... Sandy
Chandeep Uppal Chandeep Uppal ... Meena Kumar
Mark Williams ... The Reverend 'Uncle' Alan
Lucy Pargeter Lucy Pargeter ... Brenda
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Storyline

Meena, a 12-year-old living in a mining village in the English Midlands in 1972, is the daughter of Indian parents who've come to England to give her a better life. This idyllic existence is upset by the arrival in the village of Anita Rutter and her dysfunctional family. Anita is 14, blonde and beautiful - exactly what Meena thinks she wants to be. She becomes part of Anita's world, but events do not run smoothly. Meena's growing up - and that brings plenty of changes. Written by Phil Reynolds

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Hindi | Punjabi

Release Date:

22 November 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Anita and Me See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,016,461
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The film version updates the book's setting from the 60s to the 70s. See more »

Goofs

The film shows UPVC double glazing in certain scenes. UPVC double glazing was not introduced into the UK until 1976, whereas the movie is set in 1972. See more »

Quotes

Tracey Rutter: Aw what's the dog's name?
Mrs. Rutter: Nigga
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Soundtracks

Wet Dream
Written by Derrick Morgan and Maxie Smith
Performed by Max Romeo
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Moving coming of age comedy
24 November 2002 | by Chris_DockerSee all my reviews

I thought this was going to be a re-run of yet another East meets West type movie but I was pleasantly surprised and impressed. Based on a novel by Meera Syal who also writes the film's screenplay, it follows the funny but often very moving coming-of-age of Meena, an above-average intelligence girl of Indian family living in a small East Midlands village. She teams up with Anita, the local (white) glam girl tear-away and the movie charts their firm friendship as they struggle individually with adolescence, family difficulties and the racism of peers. This is a wonderful and quite uplifting movie.


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