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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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Sneaky / Juan
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Guo Yi
Kenan Hudaverdi ...
Cafe Owner
Damon Younger ...
Punter
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Mohammed
Darrell D'Silva ...
Immigration Officer
Sotigui Kouyaté ...
Shinti
Abi Gouhad ...
Shinti's Son
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yemi Ajibade ...
Mini Cab Driver (as Ade-Yemi Ajibade)
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Sweatshop Foreman
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Sweatshop Boy (as Yusuf Altin)
Fisun Burgess ...
Factory Worker
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Storyline

Okwe, a kind-hearted Nigerian physician, and Senay, a Turkish chambermaid, work at the same West London hotel, a locus of drug dealing and prostitution run by Senor Sneaky. When Okwe discovers a human heart blocking a toilet in a just-vacated room, he uncovers something far more sinister than just a common crime. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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

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13 December 2002 (UK)  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$59,135 (Australia) (18 June 2004)

Gross:

$161,735 (Australia) (18 June 2004)
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Damien O'Donnell was originally attached to direct, but he decided to pass after problems with Harvey Weinstein. He directed Heartlands (2002) instead. See more »

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Subtle
29 November 2004 | by (NY,NY) – See all my reviews

Who on earth wrote the last commentary?

While I might agree that the movie appears 'preachy' compared with typical Hollywood crap which is incapable of analysis, this movie portrays non-Americans in a non-American world. It is subtle, entertaining, excels with its dark humor, and is an accurate portrayal of what immigrants suffer - not only in London, but around the globe.

What on earth prompted the terrorist comment also? Sheesh.

I suggest that this movie deserves deeper reflection, is not preachy like a Michael Moore, and goes about its business subtly and intelligently. A pleasure to watch.


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