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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
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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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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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When Okwe and Senay are drinking wine, Senay lifts a full glass. In the next shot, the glass is 3/4 full. See more »

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Okwe: Do you want a car? Ten pounds, Theatreland. Car? London? You want a taxi? Buckingham Palace.
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Dirty Pretty Things by Stephen Frears - is one of the 2003 best films
18 June 2004 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

"Dirty Pretty Things," a film directed by Stephen Frears is not quite a thriller, romance or a drama, but it does manage to fit all three successfully.

An illegal immigrant in London (Chiwetel Ejiofor), working a day job as a cab driver and a hotel clerk in the Baltic Hotel at nights, discovers a human heart stuck in the bottom of a hotel room toilet one night and worries about what goes on behind the closed doors of his hotel. In the meantime, he develops a friendship with an immigrant woman from Turkey (Audrey Tatou ) who is also just trying to get by first as a maid in the hotel, then, as a seamstress in a sweatshop.

Acting by everybody, especially by two leads is wonderful. I am so glad to see Tatou in the part very different from her Amelie. The story is gripping; and we see London the way we have not seen it before and did not even know that London exists.

An engrossing human drama, stylish noir, social commentary, lives of immigrants, characters study - with the characters deep, human, and very real. No cheap pulling the strings, no manipulation. As a result -one of the best films of the last year.

And that ending.... Fans of "Lost in Translation" - watch "Dirty Pretty Things", and then we'll talk about what the good ending is.


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