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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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My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) and A Room with a View (1985) both opened in New York on the same day, March 7, 1986. Both movies featured Daniel Day-Lewis in prominent and very different roles: in A Room with a View, he played a repressed, snobbish Edwardian upperclassman, while in Laundrette, he played a lower-class gay ex-skinhead in love with an ambitious Pakistani businessman in Thatcher's London. When American critics saw Day-Lewis, who was then virtually unknown in the US, in two such different roles on the same day, many (including Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times and Vincent Canby of The New York Times) raved about the talent it must have taken him to play such vastly different characters. See more »

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19 August 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Stephen Frears' film of Hanif Kureshi's script about the Pakistani and the NF punk who grew up as friends, and find themselves attracted to each other again. Gordon Warneke and Daniel Day-Lewis play the lovers in this intelligent movie which has a cheap British tinge but has some superb moments (Saeed Jaffrey as Warneke's uncle, ‘a professional businessman, not a professional Pakistani') within it.

Perhaps the longest-lasting image is the two boys in the back room of the launderette, splashing each other with water, and putting aside the political differences between them. Whether it truly makes its points about race and sexuality I'm not sure.


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