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The Buddha of Suburbia (2008)

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 238 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001451HVQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,544 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Buddha of Suburbia" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by writer and director
  • David Bowie music video

Editorial Reviews

Before Velvet Goldmine, there was Buddha of Suburbia. The coming of age story of Karim, an assimilated Indian in London during the swinging seventies. Winner of seven international film awards. Soundtrack by David Bowie.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars - four hours went by too fast! March 16, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This movie (miniseries, actually) remains on my top ten list of favorite films. The writing, the acting , the storyline, everything, just leaves me wanting to watch more (after four hours, that is saying a lot!). This film is inventive and captivating without a lot of special effects or high budget - it is just good. The basis of the story is the coming of age in 1960's London, of Kareem, (played by Naveen Andrews, from the English Patient) who is the son of and Englishwoman and Indian man. His place in English culture, in Indian culture, among his respective extended families on each side, as well as his place in life - exploring his career options, his [body], etc. - make this a thoroughly enjoyable experience. This movie is very entertaining and quite funny, especially when Kareem's ... father decides to jump on the East-West Hindu yoga and spirituality bandwagon of the sixties to make money. I just cannot describe all of the amusing and touching scenes from this film that make it such a gem. Very well made, and it has a very good soundtrack as well, featuring some good David Bowie songs. This film is a must-see.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie June 23, 1999
By MarcG
Format:VHS Tape
I loved it. Fantastic attention to detail with its 70's setting (Walnut Whip package, teenager room walls, the cars...) Humorous. Insightful, enlightening. Lovely how this care free-drifter type grows assertive and aimful after finding his niche in life. There is more to this movie then what is visually presented to you. Seemingly dynamic main character. I was sad when it was over, only because there wasn't a third tape to put in.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddha of Erotica February 10, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Wonderful BBC film adaptation of the Hanif Kureishi novel of the same name. The translation to the small screen worked well primarily because Kureishi himself co-wrote the screenplay.
A satirical witty look at bi-racial issues in the teeming London (and its suburbs) of the 1970's. The film is unexperimental on a cinematographic level but carried brilliantly by a well writen screenplay and superior acting.
Narrated from the perspective of a selfish young man, this is on the surface a tale of a suburban London youth trying to get laid and make it in the world.
Issues of family and commitment are looked at with a subtlety that is refreshing in a world of films that often try to beat you over the head with their moralizations.
Karim is confussed about the world around him (as young people all are) and trying to balance loyalty to his quirky family with the duality of his racially mixed background. All of this is set upon a backdrop of a young man trying to find sex and excitement and his place in the world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Naveen Andrews almost ruins it December 14, 2009
By ZAPMAMA
Format:DVD
As a great fan of the novel, it's difficult for me to understand such rave reviews of Naveen Andrews in the role of Karim. He almost ruined this series for me, and his range of expression is limited to three expressions: smug arrogance, self-pitying puppy-dog-eyed loser, and insipid smirk. He is surrounded by amazing talent, especially the actors who play his father, his cousin, and his cousin's wife Changez. The rest of the production is mostly well-done, from setting the scene in 1970s England and portraying the political issues of the time, to creating a believable relationship between Karim's father and his wife and mistress Eva. The fact that Andrews neither looks remotely like the actor playing his father, nor is he biracial, irksomely detracts from the realism of the inner conflict about his identity. Brenda Blethyn plays her typical shuddering, insecure and repressed working-class Brit and is annoying as ever. Watch if you love the novel and for the overall quality of the production, but mindful of the fact that the casting and direction has let the novel down on several key characters.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb acting by the Asian-Indian Al Pacino October 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This movie documents the struggle of Asian-Pakistani immigrants to Britain and how racism, culture and Britain in the 70s and 80s affected this family and the main character Kareem. In many ways this movie reminds me of a American movie Mi Familia that documents the life of a Mexican-American family throught the 70s to present day. It also shows that second generation people have many problems to encounter besides the usual racism and stereotypes. Naveen Andrews is a great actor and has done much for Asian-Indians all over the world. If you have an open mind watch this movie if not there's always the next blockbuster.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diversity and integration are one sole struggle October 27, 2008
Format:DVD
A surprising series from the BBC that comes to us from the rather distant time of 1993, but that speaks of the 1970s, the time of punk and the beginning of Margaret Thatcher who was already out when the mini series was produced. And they bring it out in 2007 in the DVD format. At last some may say. These time lags are very interesting because the meaning of the story is completely different according to the time you stand in. At the time of the arrival of Margaret Thatcher, the National Front was a real danger, and the mini-series shows it quite well and it is Margaret Thatcher who thwarted this National Front's ambition completely and utterly by recuperating their votes. It was a time when the left thought along the narrow line of an old model, that of the communist inspired unions, particularly the mineworkers' union, and of the Labor left of Tony Benn, the aristocrat turned a strict socialist. And they needed to be woken up to reality and they were by Margaret Thatcher again. They had to realize the old more or less violent and always intimidating methods were wrong and that the system of the free market economy was not collapsing at all because market economy was not, still is not and will certainly not be collapsing, even if its management is changing and will be changing maybe towards a more controlled, smooth and just functioning. The film looks at the extremely crucial issue of the time: the integration of the massive immigration from South Asia, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. It considers this movement from a mixed point of view. First of all the point of view of the immigrants themselves, and particularly one young man who is the son of an Indian man and an English woman. His vision is always divided because he is mixing with people from both communities. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Perfect adaptation of the Kureishi novel complete with a David Bowie soundtrack. Never released in the U.S. but now available on DVD. Highly recommended.
Published 5 months ago by Jim Keener
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
i did not like the choice of actors, most of them are far too old for the characters they represent. some were far better in other films. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kuno Schneider
4.0 out of 5 stars Buddha of Suburbia
I liked this series. It was a good snapshot of that time period. Seeing Naveen Andrews at such an early time was a treat. Read more
Published 22 months ago by just me
5.0 out of 5 stars Kureshi is spectacular!
Hanif Kureshi is one of the best contemporary authors on the shelf. the BBC's interpretation of his book does him justice! Buy it!
Published on October 11, 2000 by Reverend Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Story, An Incredible Actor, An Incredible Film
Naveen Andrews is great and this is his GREATEST role!!!! The story presents liberal-minded thoughts on racial issues and sexual freedom. Read more
Published on May 24, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars refreshingly faithful to the novel...
but perhaps thats what happens when the author writes the screenplay. no one but naveen andrews could have played creamy; no one else can possess quite the same mixture of... Read more
Published on April 3, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film adaptation of Hanief Kureshi's best novel
Hanif Kureshi's television film production is wonderfully adapted. I encourage you to read the novel, and then view the film. Both the film and novel are great. Read more
Published on February 11, 1999
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