MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 593 this week

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  7 April 1986 (USA)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 9,859 users  
Reviews: 61 user | 43 critic

An ambitious Asian Briton and his white lover strive for success and hope, when they open up a glamorous laundromat.

Director:

Writer:

(by)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 05 Sep 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 26 Feb 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 14 May 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 03 Oct 2012
 
a list of 49 titles
created 04 Nov 2012
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of My Beautiful Laundrette.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Maurice (1987)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.

Director: James Ivory
Stars: James Wilby, Rupert Graves, Hugh Grant
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Denholm Elliott
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Traveling dentist O'Connell traverses South America on his motorcycle for the 'Eversmile' foundation of New Jersey, in a fight not only against caries, but also against fear, ignorance, ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Sorin
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Mirjana Jokovic, Gabriela Acher
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens, Orton is befriended by the older, more reserved Kenneth Halliwell, and while ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Sammy and Rosie are an unconventional middle-class London married couple. They live in the midst of inner-city chaos, surround themselves with intellectual street people, and sleep with ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Claire Bloom, Frances Barber
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In a suburb of London, young Jamie is escaping sport hours, to avoid being the victim of his comrades. Young Ste, his neighbor, is beaten by his father, and comes to sleep overnight. They discover new feelings, sleeping in the same bed.

Director: Hettie Macdonald
Stars: Glen Berry, Linda Henry, Meera Syal
Priest (1994)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Father Greg Pilkington (Linus Roache) is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover, frowned upon by the Church. Upon ... See full summary »

Director: Antonia Bird
Stars: Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Robert Carlyle
Just a Question of Love (TV Movie 2000)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

After his gay cousin dies from hepatitis, young Laurent, who lives with his best friend Carole, falls in love with Cedric, a plant scientist. He's afraid to inform his conservative parents that he is gay.

Director: Christian Faure
Stars: Cyrille Thouvenin, Stéphan Guérin-Tillié, Eva Darlan
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In 1968, a Czech doctor with an active sex life meets a woman who wants monogamy, and then the Soviet invasion further disrupts their lives.

Director: Philip Kaufman
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Divorced working woman Alex and well-to-do Jewish family doctor Daniel Hirsh share not only the same answering service but also the favours of young Bob Elkin who bed-hops between them as ... See full summary »

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson, Murray Head
A Love to Hide (TV Movie 2005)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A young Jewish girl looking to escape the clutches of the Third Reich after seeing her parents and sister brutally slain while attempting to make their way to England is sheltered by an old... See full summary »

Director: Christian Faure
Stars: Jérémie Renier, Louise Monot, Bruno Todeschini
The Crucible (1996)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials.

Director: Nicholas Hytner
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Johnny (as Daniel Day Lewis)
Richard Graham ...
Genghis
Winston Graham ...
Jamaican One
Dudley Thomas ...
Jamaican Two
Derrick Branche ...
...
Squatter
Gordon Warnecke ...
...
Papa
...
Shirley Anne Field ...
Rachel
Charu Bala Chokshi ...
Bilquis (as Charu Bala Choksi)
Souad Faress ...
Cherry
Rita Wolf ...
Persis Maravala ...
Nasser's Elder Daughter
Nisha Kapur ...
Nasser's Younger Daughter
Edit

Storyline

Much of the Pakistani Hussein family has settled in London, striving for the riches promised by Thatcherism. Nasser and his right hand man, Salim, have a number of small businesses and they do whatever they need to make money, even if the activities are illegal. As such, Nasser and his immediate family live more than a comfortable lifestyle, and he flaunts his riches whenever he can. Meanwhile, his brother, alcoholic Ali, once a famous journalist in Pakistan, lives in a seedy flat with his son, Omar. Ali's life in London is not as lucrative in part because of his left leaning politics, which does not mesh with the ideals of Thatcherism. To help his brother, Nasser gives Omar a job doing menial labor. But Omar, with bigger plans, talks Nasser into letting him manage Nasser's run down laundrette. Omar seizes what he sees as an opportunity to make the laundrette a success, and employs an old friend, Johnny - who has been most recently running around with a gang of white punks - to help ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

7 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Minha Bela Lavandaria  »

Box Office

Budget:

£650,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Hanif Kureishi, the writer of the film's screenplay, can be seen as a guest at Salim's dinner party. He is sitting at the table on the left side of Omar. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Johnny: We're moving house.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Do the Right Thing (1989) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

What A Laundrette!
5 November 2008 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

'My Beautiful Laundrette' takes a look at the 80's local life within the Asian communities in England and between the British Southeast Asians and the British Caucasians. What I loved about this film is that it presents its themes without going overboard to explain or to resolve anything. When we see a relationship develop between Omar and Johnny, one would expect to see them get attacked for it and then expect a preachy message like gays have rights too but there is nothing like that. There are scenes where the British Asians are being humiliated but this too does not lead to a bloodbath of sorts. It is all downplayed and subtle. It's about the characters, rather than a social message (but that's there too).

'My Beautiful Laundrette' mainly centres around Omar and his relationship with Johnny. Hanif Kureishi is known for telling tales about unconventional relationships and I thought it was great that both characters were shown to be open about their relationships in spite of their background. I mean they weren't screaming from the roof or anything but these two individuals did not care what others would think concerning their relationships. Frears deserves full marks for telling the story in such a raw, real, humorous and coherent way. The humour too is subtle and dry and flows well through the story.

The renovated laundrette too plays a crucial role. It is a place of comfort for Omar and Johnny, kind of like a home they built and decorated. The customers are amused by the beauty of it. A fascinated Nasser dances with his girlfriend while the customers eagerly wait outside. Thus, it becomes a place of comfort for many.

The characters are well etched. Both their strength and fragility is well displayed by the actors. Daniel Day-Lewis and Gordon Warnecke are excellent as Johnny and Omar. Day-Lewis brilliantly brings out Johnny's vulnerable and passionate side while on the exterior he appears as a tough and scary guy. Likewise Warnecke too effectively portrays Omar's determination and passion. A charismatic Saeed Jaffrey is phenomenal as the cheerful helpful uncle who goes through his own transformation. Rita Wolf is wonderful as the daughter who's in search of her own identity. Roshan Seth is good as the whiny father. The rest of the cast do well.

Pretty much all the characters are in search of something except that Omar and Johnny find what they want and Nasser loses what he had. The film does not end by providing a solution for everyone. And that is one of the many brilliance of it as it reflects that everyone has their own life to deal with and questions will arise but life goes on and it is up to us to choose the answer.

Simply great.


25 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Am I the only one who noticed? Frumious_Bandersnatch_46
Oh my god! It's so eighties! All in all: Not a great film markus-dehmann
synopsis says Asian joeski5651
WTF? fkaoomf
Did tania die? atomickid
More of the same svicic
Discuss My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?