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My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  7 April 1986 (USA)
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An ambitious Asian Briton and his white lover strive for success and hope, when they open up a glamorous laundromat.

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Johnny (as Daniel Day Lewis)
Richard Graham ...
Genghis
Winston Graham ...
Jamaican One
Dudley Thomas ...
Jamaican Two
Derrick Branche ...
Garry Cooper ...
Squatter
Gordon Warnecke ...
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Papa
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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
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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

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1980's London, that revolution
23 April 1999 | by (Brixton-pre yuppy era. London, UK) – See all my reviews

While a revolution was going on in the UK, one that Hanif said was one of turning upside down social values, and making acceptable and normal believes that previously had been seen as 'American', and not a good thing ('money, ambition, money, working in the grey area, more money'). It was happening for real, and while many writers took the usual stance of opposition (which I suppose was once radical and fresh 20 years before), Hanif stepped up with his Polycultural Perspective..And What A Breath of Fresh Air It Was!!! MBL has immigrants in the motherland, in all their flavours. Not to give away the plot, but colonials coming to the any country often had/have a political stance and/or a merchant mentality, both of which are played out in this movie. The first generation then deal and resolve this in their own lives (easing the tension where necessary, with a little help from Daniel), and what better setting than 1980's London, when squatting was a plenty (that is the famous Bonnington Square you see in the movie), Housing Associations, Community Arts, UB40 discounts and other things of the past were just getting axed. Our young boys, go through their days against this backdrop. It should ring with New York folks, because of the issues of immigration, and cultural contrasts. As for the sex scene, so what...It flows so natural, and come on macho men out there, we all know or were one of those very testy,testes type guys who played HARD as some form of homo erotic ritual.


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