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Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

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An illegal Nigerian immigrant discovers the unpalatable side of London life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sneaky / Juan
Guo Yi
Kriss Dosanjh ...
Asian Businessman
Israel Oyelumade ...
Mini Cab Driver (as Israel Aduramo)
Yemi Ajibade ...
Mini Cab Driver (as Ade-Yemi Ajibade)
Nizwar Karanj ...
Mini Cab Driver
Mini Cab Driver
Cab Controller
Kenan Hudaverdi ...
Cafe Owner
Damon Younger ...


Okwe is an illegal Nigerian immigrant leading a hard life and struggling to survive in London's underground. He works as a hotel receptionist in the night time and as he has a doctor degree he practices some medicine, during the day, in a very odd way . Besides that he must constantly escape from Immigration officers. One day Okwe discovers by chance an illegal scheme of surgeries is being lead by Juan, his boss in the hotel. Juan quickly comes up with a tempting proposal: if Okwe accepts to perform the illegal surgeries he makes a lot of money and gets legalized situation in the U.K. Can Okwe keep his moral values intact? Written by Weslley Gonçalves

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for sexual content, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Loin de chez eux  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£141,865 (UK) (13 December 2002)


$161,735 (Australia) (18 June 2004)

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[first lines]
Okwe: Do you want a car? Ten pounds, Theatreland. Car? London? You want a taxi? Buckingham Palace.
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Written and Produced by Nathan Larsen
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A thoroughly engaging film which I would have no hesitation in recommending. Other reviewers have given away the major elements of the plot which may mean that you may find that it takes time to "cut to the chase" if you read the comments here before you see it. You are better off seeing this film "cold" knowing neither the plot nor the players. It does tend to get a bit goarey towards the end, but not without reason. A well written, superbly acted (especially by the two leads) and expertly directed work that makes you continue to believe that cinema can still be political and make important points without hitting you over the head with a blunt instrument. My only minor crib would be the accents which can be difficult to decipher or in Tatou's case slightly off (her character is supposed to be Turkish but the accent is more Eastern European).

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