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My Beautiful Laundrette -- Two youths meet after years apart, accept a business proposition to open a laundramat. They turn it into a video and neon palace rivaling some New York clubs.


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7 April 1986 (USA) See more »
An ambitious Asian Briton and his white lover strive for success and hope, when they open up a glamorous laundromat. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Daniel Day-Lewis ... Johnny (as Daniel Day Lewis)
Richard Graham ... Genghis
Winston Graham ... Jamaican One
Dudley Thomas ... Jamaican Two
Derrick Branche ... Salim

Garry Cooper ... Squatter
Gordon Warnecke ... Omar

Roshan Seth ... Papa

Saeed Jaffrey ... Nasser
Shirley Anne Field ... Rachel
Charu Bala Chokshi ... Bilquis (as Charu Bala Choksi)
Souad Faress ... Cherry
Rita Wolf ... Tania
Persis Maravala ... Nasser's Elder Daughter
Nisha Kapur ... Nasser's Younger Daughter
Neil Cunningham ... Englishman
Walter Donohue ... Dick O'Donnell
Gurdial Sira ... Zaki

Stephen Marcus ... Moose
Dawn Archibald ... Gang Member One
Jonathan Moore ... Gang Member Two
Gerard Horan ... Telephone Man
Ram John Holder ... Poet

Bhasker Patel ... Tariq (as Bhasker)
Ayub Khan-Din ... Student (as Ayub Khan Din)
Dulice Liecier ... Girl in Disco (as Dulice Leicier)
Badi Uzzaman ... Dealer
Chris Pitt ... Kid One
Kerryann White ... Kid Two
Colin Campbell ... Madame Butterfly Man
Sheila Chitnis ... Zaki's Wife
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Persis Khambatta ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Frears 
Writing credits
Hanif Kureishi (by)

Produced by
Tim Bevan .... producer
Sarah Radclyffe .... producer
Original Music by
Ludus Tonalis 
Cinematography by
Oliver Stapleton (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Mick Audsley 
Casting by
Debbie McWilliams 
Production Design by
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski (designer) (as Hugo Luczyc Wyhowski)
Costume Design by
Lindy Hemming 
Makeup Department
Elaine Carew .... makeup artist
Wendy Rawson .... hairdresser
Production Management
Jane Frazer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gary Davies .... third assistant director
Simon Hinkly .... first assistant director
Waldo Roeg .... second assistant director
Art Department
Mark Allett .... stand-by props
Alison Dominitz .... assistant art director
Alastair Gow .... construction
Ray Perry Sr. .... property master (as Ray Perry Snr)
Raymond Perry .... stand-by props (as Ray Perry Jnr)
Julian Rothenstein .... graphics
Bob Starrett .... painter
Robin Thistlewaite .... construction
Jeanne Vertigan .... production buyer
Sound Department
Albert Bailey .... sound recordist
St. Clair Davis .... boom operator (as St Clair Davis)
Peter Maxwell .... dubbing mixer
Budge Tremlett .... dubbing editor (as 'Budge' Tremlett)
Matthew Whiteman .... assistant dubbing editor
Steve Hancock .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator
Tracey Eddon .... stunt performer (as Tracey Eddons)
Wayne Michaels .... stunt performer
Nosher Powell .... stunt coordinator
Rocky Taylor .... stunt coordinator
Tip Tipping .... stunt performer
Bill Weston .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Fiona Cunningham-Reid .... clapper loader
Malcolm Davies .... gaffer
Martin Duncan .... electrician
Tony Hair .... electrician (as Tony Hare)
Anthony James .... camera trainee
Steve Keith-Roach .... focus puller
Mike Laye .... stills photographer
Dave McWhinney .... electrician (as Dave McWhinnie)
Jamie Monks .... second camera grip
Jim Monks .... camera grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Sharpe .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Jason Adams .... first assistant editor
Chris Cook .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Stanley Myers .... music producer
Hans Zimmer .... music producer
Transportation Department
Harry Vincent .... driver: prop
Other crew
Ronald Bailey .... National Film School attachment
Jo Brown .... National Film School attachment
Chris Bruce .... unit runner
Abdul Chowdray .... National Film School attachment
Bill Craster .... production accountant
Anuree De Silva .... National Film School attachment
Penny Eyles .... continuity
Sam Garwood .... production runner
Grainne Marmion .... assistant production accountant
Charlie McGrigor .... unit runner
Rebecca O'Brien .... location manager
Sarah O'Brien .... production assistant
Andrew Young .... projectionist
Tim Dennison .... additional floor runner: dailies (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Referenced in the song 'Mr. Malcontent' by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions.See more »
[first lines]
Johnny:We're moving house.
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Referenced in The Bubble (2006)See more »


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A business deal melds immigrant and punk, 20 October 1998
Author: anonymous

For its time MBL was a break through movie. London is a very complicated place for colonials and for punks. As the friendship between the boys develops- complications arise. What I liked about this film was its unpretentiousness. You can hear and almost smell the various neighborhoods of London. And Daniel Day Lewis certainly showed his potential for the star he would become.

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