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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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Kenan Hudaverdi ...
Cafe Owner
Damon Younger ...
Punter
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Mohammed
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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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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£141,865 (UK) (13 December 2002)

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$8,111,360 (USA) (13 February 2004)
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The first film from Celador, the company behind TV quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1998). Steven Knight, co-creator of the hit show, also wrote the script for Dirty Pretty Things. See more »

Goofs

When Okwe and Senay are drinking wine, Senay lifts a full glass. In the next shot, the glass is 3/4 full. 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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References The Conversation (1974) See more »

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Heart In Porcelain
Written and Produced by Nathan Larsen
Published by Miramax Film Music (BMI), Hot One Inc
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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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