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30 October 1987 (USA) See more »
As London burns...
Sammy and Rosie are an unconventional middle-class London married couple. They live in the midst of inner-city chaos... See more » | Add synopsis »
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a mess of a movie, head and shoulders above the usual Hollywood dreckarhea See more (8 total) »


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Shashi Kapoor ... Rafi Rahman

Frances Barber ... Rosie Hobbs

Claire Bloom ... Alice

Ayub Khan-Din ... Sammy
Roland Gift ... Danny / Victoria
Wendy Gazelle ... Anna
Suzette Llewellyn ... Vivia

Meera Syal ... Rani
Badi Uzzaman ... Ghost

Tessa Wojtczak ... Bridget

Emer Gillespie ... Eva

Lesley Manville ... Margy
Mark Sproston ... Young Policeman
Cynthia Powell ... Woman in Kitchen
Dennis Conlon ... Asian Shopkeeper
Magussi Shimanuki ... Japanese Woman
Buster Bloodvessel ... Ringerman
Peter Kelly ... Property Developer
Carol Frazer ... Property Developer's Wife
Nicholas Pritchard ... Tory M.P
Valerie Buchanan ... Danny's Girlfriend
Allister Bain ... Father
Cleo Sylvestre ... Mother
Freddie Brooks ... Son
Maurice O. Iley ... Gardener's Boy
Tariq Alibai ... Asian Accountant
Patrick David ... Deaf Young Man
Paul Daley ... Danny's Boy
Agnes Laye ... Eva's Baby
Ade Sapara ... Michael
Gerard Horan ... Restaurant Manager
Anne Wood ... Pizzicata Sisters
Anna Hemery ... Pizzicata Sisters
Allan Adebisi ... Drag Artiste
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jude Alderson ... Party guest (as Judith Alderson)

Alexander Siddig
Jane Gurnett ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Colin MacCabe ... Semiotics Professor (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Frears 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hanif Kureishi 

Produced by
Tim Bevan .... producer
Sarah Radclyffe .... producer
Original Music by
Stanley Myers 
Cinematography by
Oliver Stapleton 
Film Editing by
Mick Audsley 
Casting by
Debbie McWilliams 
Production Design by
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski 
Art Direction by
David McHenry 
Costume Design by
Barbara Kidd 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rupert Ryle-Hodges .... third assistant director
Guy Travers .... assistant director
Andrew Wood .... second assistant director
Kevin Westley .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Mark Hedges .... dressing prop
David Ned Kelly .... stand-by carpenter
Sound Department
Albert Bailey .... sound mixer
Steve Hancock .... sound camera operator
Peter Maxwell .... re-recording mixer
Laurie McDowell .... foley editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Borg .... best boy
Stewart Hadley .... rigging gaffer
Tony Hester .... gaffer
Music Department
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Charlie Gillett .... additional music supervisor
Vlad Naslas .... composer: additional music
Alan Snelling .... music editor
Ed Stratton .... composer: additional music
Ray Williams .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
Richard Booz .... transportation captain
Other crew
Bernard Bellew .... unit runner
Patrick Isherwood .... production accountant

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Also Known As:
"Sammy and Rosie" - Canada (English title)
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Germany:101 min | USA:100 min | Argentina:101 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

During its initial release, many American newspapers would not run ads with the full title. Ads would show "Sammy and Rosie" printed at the top of a poster, with the bottom part shredded up.See more »
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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991)See more »
I Vow to Thee My CountrySee more »


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5 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
a mess of a movie, head and shoulders above the usual Hollywood dreckarhea, 28 August 2003
Author: stuhh2001 from cherry hill, nj

OK, I'm predjudiced. I love English cinema. This might not be the best, but I"ve watched it a few times, and I like it better each time.

Hanif Kureishi the chronicler of Indians, Pakistanis, and their love/hate relationship with England, can't be blamed for all the confusion. Stephen Frears and his editor come in for some of the blame. And I wonder how the actors go about their jobs? I mean, we see the final print, and get some sense of what the writing and directorial team had in mind, But sometimes the actors get only their scene to learn; some later scenes are filmed first, probably to save money on certain location shots, and some of the actors are doing theatre gigs and are only available certain times. You think you have problems? This is basically your average bleeding heart liberal 60's/90's epic. The poor are pushed to violent revolution by an uncaring conservative government that sends them checks every week, so they can dress in garish costumes, march in parades, playing instruments they never bothered to learn... why trouble a child with lessons and practicing when all these hippy darlings want to experience, is the pure joy of a child the first time it is given an instrument? The cast is peopled with the great actors from India who would be better known if they had Anglicised names. I've seen these guys a lot and I apoligise to them, but there's no way my attention deficit mind can remember their names. Anyway, it's a beautiful mess that begins to make sense after two or three viewings.

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