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Blinded by the Light (2019)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 16 August 2019 (USA)
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In 1987, during the austere days of Margaret Thatcher's Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Viveik Kalra ... Javed
Kulvinder Ghir ... Malik
Meera Ganatra ... Noor
Aaron Phagura ... Roops
Dean-Charles Chapman ... Matt
Nikita Mehta ... Shazia
Nell Williams ... Eliza
Tara Divina ... Yasmeen
Rob Brydon ... Matt's Dad
Frankie Fox ... Colin Hand
Hayley Atwell ... Ms Clay
Sally Phillips ... Mrs. Anderson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sofia Abbasi ... 1980's Local Resident
Asheq Akhtar ... Butcher
Vincent Andriano ... Billy
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In 1987, during the austere days of Margaret Thatcher's Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

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For Everyone Who Has Ever Wanted to Dream. You're Not Alone.

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material and language including some ethnic slurs. | See all certifications »

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English

Release Date:

16 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blinded by the Light See more »

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The movies is inspired by the life of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor and his love of the works of Bruce Springsteen. It is based on Manzoor's memoir Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N' Roll. See more »

Goofs

The estate they live on has LED street lights which were not around back then, also every scene showing the M1 motorway, even though it's slightly blurred out you can obviously see they're all modern vehicles. See more »

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Referenced in Granada Reports: 8 August 2019: Evening Bulletin (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Born to Run
Written by Bruce Springsteen
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Don't be fooled, this film is far more about the story than the music
9 July 2019 | by coombsstephenSee all my reviews

I have to confess I am a big Springsteen fan and I really enjoyed the soundtrack to this film but unlike other recent movies, the soundtrack is just that, rather than being the core of the film.

This is a great little British movie based on a true story about a British boy with Pakistani parents trying to overcome racism and strict parentage in Luton in the 80s. It is very real but also very funny.

I found it a bit of a slow burner but it really took off and a film I will be watching again.

And of course, everything is a better with Springsteen!


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