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My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) Poster

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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.
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.
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Johnny's comment "The Laundrette as big as the Ritz ..." references the novella, 'The Diamond as Big as the Ritz' by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Referenced in the song 'Mr. Malcontent' by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions.
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Kenneth Branagh auditioned for the role of Johnny.
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Shirley Anne Field made Hanif Kureishi rewrite the part of Rachel, refusing to wear red underwear unless her character was properly written.
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One of the first times on film that jokes were publicly made about Margaret Thatcher.
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Film shot in six months, on a £600,000 budget.
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Neither Roshan Seth, Saeed Jaffrey nor Gordon Warnecke were from Pakistan, so the insight came from screenwriter Hanif Kureishi.
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Gordon Warnecke and Daniel Day-Lewis were called the Listerine Kids on set, due to their constant kissing of characters on set and downing Listerine before takes.
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