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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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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A perfect slice of Thatcherite Britain.....oh! And a fab gay romance.. 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:
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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Johnny:We're moving house.
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Movie Connections:
References Some Like It Hot (1959)See more »

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43 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
A perfect slice of Thatcherite Britain.....oh! And a fab gay romance.., 28 December 1998
Author: Nicola Osborne (nosb125299@aol.com) from Cardiff, Wales

A classic film in my book, My Beautiful Laundrette is the story of Omar, a young restless Asian man caring for his alcoholic father in Thatcherite London. Escape comes in the form of his uncles many and varied business ventures,...

Anyone who experienced anything of life in '80's Britain will recognise the craving for instant financial success. Similarly I am sure Asian viewers will recognise the struggles inherent in finding an identity in a country which is your home but which can never feel quite like your real home.

Omar dreams of success so works to achieve it...along the way he meets up with old school-friend Johnny, who has betrayed him by falling in with a group of neo-nazi's. Omar soon has Johnny working for him and his uncle. Turning the tables on him as he is made to rely on the very people he has been taught to hate. The chemistry between Omar and Johnny is palpable and their relationship handled totally matter-of-factly. About the only part of the film not trying to score any political points is the gay relationship. There is a "so-what" attitude and no-one comes out at any point. And why should they?

Tension in the film is far more the result of socio-economic and racial inequalities. The whole thing is handled with grace, charm and wit. Anyone remotely familier with British film in particular will note the starry casting of supporting roles, though Danial Day Lewis is - now - the biggest star of the show. Here he shows the real substance behind his fame - more so than in any other film of his seen to date. The cast is universally excellent and the unique shooting, pacing and dialogue, quite quite brilliant.

Some of the shots in this film could be used as a template for brilliance...An unexpected kiss in a dark alley is easily the most erotic single shot I have seen in a film.

Despite a few reviews I have read claiming otherwise, I don't believe you need to be gay or Asian to get something out of this picture. Living in Britain may help, though it's a lot less than essential.......

And hey! Wouldn't you love to throw your knickers into the washing machines of a neon-lit music-filled laudrette from heaven run by two insatiably young and energetic lovers?

Well I would anyway! Pass the detergent this way please!

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Like because enjoyable story without some forceful social message. szlwson
Like because enjoyable story without some forceful social message. szlwson
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