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Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

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

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Sneaky / Juan
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Guo Yi
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Ivan
Kriss Dosanjh ...
Asian Businessman
Israel Oyelumade ...
Mini Cab Driver (as Israel Aduramo)
Yemi Goodman Ajibade ...
Mini Cab Driver (as Ade-Yemi Ajibade)
Nizwar Karanj ...
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Cab Controller
Kenan Hudaverdi ...
Cafe Owner
Damon Younger ...
Punter
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Mohammed
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Storyline

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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Every dream has its price. See more »

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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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5 September 2003 (USA)  »

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Negocios entrañables  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£141,865 (UK) (13 December 2002)

Gross:

$8,111,360 (USA) (13 February 2004)
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Trivia

One of eight (8) films included on the 2012, 2-DVD set, "British Cinema Collections: 8 Acclaimed Films". The films are:

Disc 1: "Love Among the Ruins" (1975), "The Inheritance" (1997), Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" (1948), and Robert Louis Stevenson's "St. Ives" (1998).

Disc 2: "School for Seduction" (2004), "DIRTY PRETTY THINGS" (2002), "Rogue Trader" (1999), and "Rowing with the Wind" (1988). See more »

Goofs

Guo Yi says the mythological figure who ferries the dead to Hades is Pylades; in fact the ferryman's name is Charon. Pylades is the companion of Orestes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Okwe: Do you want a car? Ten pounds, Theatreland. Car? London? You want a taxi? Buckingham Palace.
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Featured in The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) See more »

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OOJAMI Fantazy
Written by Necmi Cavli
Produced by Oojami
Licensed from Ark 21 Records
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Worth seeing

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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