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My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

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 ...
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Squatter
Gordon Warnecke ...
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Papa Hussein
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Rachel
Charu Bala Chokshi ...
Bilquis (as Charu Bala Choksi)
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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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4 April 1986 (USA)  »

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A Minha Bela Lavandaria  »

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£650,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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Johnny: We're moving house.
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References Some Like It Hot (1959) See more »

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A Pleasant Surprise
4 January 2006 | by (Livermore, CA) – See all my reviews

We saw this movie when it was first released on the big screen. It just happen to start when we needed a movie to so we had no idea what to expect. What a pleasant surprise this film was. Daniel Day Lewis (in one of his earliest roles) stars with Gordon Warnecke in this unconventional love story. Warnecke plays young Omar, who is given the opprtunity to run his uncle's laundrette. He enlists the aid of his ex-lover, Johnny (played by Lewis) to get the business back on it's feet. The scene in the laundrette that includes Omar and Johnny in the foreground and Omar's uncle and his mistress in the background, is one of the most sensual celluloid scenes I ever scene.

If you are looking for something good and out of the ordinary, I would recommend this one.


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