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My Beautiful Laundrette
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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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Pleasant Surprise See more (57 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:
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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Johnny:We're moving house.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) (TV)See more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A Pleasant Surprise, 4 January 2006
Author: raptors2 from Livermore, CA

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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Like because enjoyable story without some forceful social message. szlwson
Oh my god! It's so eighties! All in all: Not a great film markus-dehmann
Omar... daziechane
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