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A working-class English boy who has been fortunate enough to be accepted into a posh private university struggles to realize his lifelong dream while simultaneously winning the heart of the girl he loves in a romantic, bittersweet comedy directed by [[Performer~P333635~Tom Vaughan~tomvaughan]] and starring [[Performer~P357725~James McAvoy~jamesmcavoy]], [[Performer~P485674~Rebecca Hall~rebeccahall]], and [[Performer~P16791~Charles Dance~charlesdance]]. The time is the mid-'80s, and the University Challenge phenomenon is sweeping through England. Despite his underprivileged background, Essex boy Brian Jackson ([[Performer~P357725~McAvoy~jamesmcavoy]]) knows that he has what it takes to make it to the finals on one of the most popular programs in all of England. Upon being accepted into Bristol, the ambitious young student soon tries out for the school's University Challenge team, and set the gears of his ultimate fantasy into motion. Effectively estranged from his single-parent mother ([[Performer~P441016~Catherine Tate~catherinetate]]) just for being accepted into the school, Brian soon gets set to cross yet another class line when he becomes smitten with his beautiful University Challenge teammate and attempts to woo her into his arms her with his formidable advanced general knowledge skills. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:February 23, 2007

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Independent Film Awards Tom Vaughan Best Debut Director 2006 Nominee

Cast

James McAvoy
as Brian Jackson
Alice Eve
as Alice Harbinson
Rebecca Hall
as Rebecca Epstein
Catherine Tate
as Julie Jackson
Dominic Cooper
as Spencer
Benedict Cumberbatch
as Patrick
James Corden
as Tone
Mark Gatiss
as Bamber Gascoigne
Charles Dance
as Michael Harbinson
Lindsay Duncan
as Rose Harbinson

Crew

Tom Vaughan
Director
Tom Hanks
Producer
Pippa Harris
Producer
Gary Goetzman
Producer
Ashley Rowe
Cinematographer
Deva Anderson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Blake Neely
Composer (Music Score)
Delphine Robertson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jon Harris
Editor
Heather Persons
Editor
Sarah Greenwood
Production Designer
Nick Gottschalk
Art Director
Ian Bailie
Supervising Art Director
Mary Richards
Co-producer
Sam Mendes
Executive Producer
Michelle Chydzik Sowa
Executive Producer
Steven Shareshian
Executive Producer
Nathalie Marciano
Executive Producer
Charlotte Morris
Costume Designer
Tony Dawe
Sound/Sound Designer
Guy Heeley
First Assistant Director
Nina Gold
Casting
Mark Freund
Visual Effects Supervisor
Paul Herbert
Stunts Coordinator
Cameron Frankley
Supervising Sound Editor
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