History Boys: Alex Bailey
EW Staff
December 05, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

The History Boys

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
109 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/21/06
performer
Frances de la Tour, Richard Griffiths, Stephen Campbell Moore
director
Nicholas Hytner
distributor
Fox Searchlight Pictures
author
Alan Bennett
genre
Drama, Comedy
We gave it a B

Making History — a study of eight college-bound British lads — could have been harder. The actors had done 281 shows at Hytner’s National Theatre in London. Alan Bennett adapted his own play. Even costumes were repurposed. ”Our interest was in doing this together,” says director Nicholas Hytner (The Crucible). ”We wouldn’t have done it otherwise.” Whether or not the film, in which Richard Griffiths and Frances de la Tour reprise their Tony-winning roles as teachers, matches the success of the play, Hytner says his Boys are happy: ”We made it for 2 million pounds [about $3.8 million] in six weeks and we love it.”

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