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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 »
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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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My Beautiful Daniel Day Lewis! See more (61 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Stunts
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
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Trivia:
Johnny's comment "The Laundrette as big as the Ritz ..." references the novella, 'The Diamond as Big as the Ritz' by F. Scott FitzgeraldSee more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Johnny:We're moving house.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy (2003) (V)See more »

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72 out of 88 people found the following review useful.
My Beautiful Daniel Day Lewis!, 23 August 2003
Author: absinthe123 from USA

It bugs me that this movie is the "gay" movie, just like it bugs me when a movie with black people is labeled the "black" movie. What about Mafia movies? Are those for people who are "involved"? What about "Seven" I guess that's a cult classic for serial killers. Come on, a good movie is a good movie. Trust me I identified with Omar - and I'm a straight hispanic girl - probably more than I have with any other character in a movie. This movie is about homosexuality like Charlotte Gray is about hair dye.

This movie is definitely one of my favorites. It is a look a young man (a gorgeous Pakistani named Omar) who basically tries to balance being Pakistani and British at the same time. He wants to have a business and be successful, in that Western capitalist way, and yet he wants to be good to his family and his father in that sense of family loyalty that only those of us from other cultures really understand. Omar asks his uncle to tell stories about his family in Pakistan, yet he doesn't understand his people's language - Urdu, I believe it is. This is a little insight for our white friends about what us "in-betweens" have to go through. Too ethnic for the white people, too white for our own people. It's nice to show the ethnic people looking down on the poor whites, because we do, we look down on low class white people, we have our snobbery too. It may not be right, but it's the truth. It's nice to show the sort of affectionate annoyance Omar found his Papa and Nasser for trying to help him. White people see that as overbearing, something to "escape" from (like Tania, who was the "whitest" of them all) Ethnic people have a sense of humor about it, because we know it means love, and like Omar most of us just choose to quietly listen and ignore their advice rather than make a scene. Omar never makes a scene.

That's what Johnny represents I think, the part of us we keep to ourselves, our passions and desire and those things that are too special to share, kind of like a spiritual belief. It makes their love seem almost sacred because it's too special for them to bring out and expose to the criticism of less enlightened people. It's worth noting that it's Johnny who kisses Omar semi-openly in the street, and it's Omar who doesn't tell his family why he can't marry Tania. I dont think it's so much homophobia as it a cultural difference as to what should be kept private. I could sort of see Johnny in the future demaning Omar tell his family.

Their love scene is gorgeous. When you first see Johnny he seems so rough and coarse and low class, but as he begins to seduce Omar while Omar talks about the past he suddenly seems powerful and sophisticated and . . . and just to see them getting it on on the table. It's very sweet and tender with the frantic kissing and the champange, but my god is it hot.

This certainly is a romantic (and more importantly) positive movie where two men are in love yet have a real conflict between them, and obviously gay men are right to love that, but hey, it works for informing white people, making minorities laugh, British people who grew up during that time, showing idiot homophobes that gay people are just the same as everyone else, DDL fans. Don't just slap the gay label on it and dismiss it!

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