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My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writer:

Hanif Kureishi (by)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Day-Lewis ... Johnny (as Daniel Day Lewis)
Richard Graham Richard Graham ... Genghis
Winston Graham Winston Graham ... Jamaican One
Dudley Thomas Dudley Thomas ... Jamaican Two
Derrick Branche ... Salim
Garry Cooper ... Squatter
Gordon Warnecke ... Omar
Roshan Seth ... Papa Hussein
Saeed Jaffrey ... Uncle Nasser
Shirley Anne Field ... Rachel
Charu Bala Chokshi Charu Bala Chokshi ... Bilquis (as Charu Bala Choksi)
Souad Faress ... Cherry
Rita Wolf ... Tania
Persis Maravala Persis Maravala ... Nasser's Elder Daughter
Nisha Kapur Nisha Kapur ... Nasser's Younger Daughter
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Storyline

Much of the Pakistani Hussein family has settled in London, striving for the riches promised by Thatcherism. Nasser and his right hand man, Salim, have a number of small businesses and they do whatever they need to make money, even if the activities are illegal. As such, Nasser and his immediate family live more than a comfortable lifestyle, and he flaunts his riches whenever he can. Meanwhile, his brother, alcoholic Ali, once a famous journalist in Pakistan, lives in a seedy flat with his son, Omar. Ali's life in London is not as lucrative in part because of his left leaning politics, which does not mesh with the ideals of Thatcherism. To help his brother, Nasser gives Omar a job doing menial labor. But Omar, with bigger plans, talks Nasser into letting him manage Nasser's run down laundrette. Omar seizes what he sees as an opportunity to make the laundrette a success, and employs an old friend, Johnny - who has been most recently running around with a gang of white punks - to help ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Urdu

Release Date:

4 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Minha Bela Lavandaria See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£650,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,451,545
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Shirley Anne Field made Hanif Kureishi rewrite the part of Rachel, refusing to wear red underwear unless her character was properly written. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Johnny: We're moving house.
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Connections

Featured in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) See more »

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A perfect slice of Thatcherite Britain.....oh! And a fab gay romance..
28 December 1998 | by Nic-8See all my reviews

A classic film in my book, My Beautiful Laundrette is the story of Omar, a young restless Asian man caring for his alcoholic father in Thatcherite London. Escape comes in the form of his uncles many and varied business ventures,...

Anyone who experienced anything of life in '80's Britain will recognise the craving for instant financial success. Similarly I am sure Asian viewers will recognise the struggles inherent in finding an identity in a country which is your home but which can never feel quite like your real home.

Omar dreams of success so works to achieve it...along the way he meets up with old school-friend Johnny, who has betrayed him by falling in with a group of neo-nazi's. Omar soon has Johnny working for him and his uncle. Turning the tables on him as he is made to rely on the very people he has been taught to hate. The chemistry between Omar and Johnny is palpable and their relationship handled totally matter-of-factly. About the only part of the film not trying to score any political points is the gay relationship. There is a "so-what" attitude and no-one comes out at any point. And why should they?

Tension in the film is far more the result of socio-economic and racial inequalities. The whole thing is handled with grace, charm and wit. Anyone remotely familier with British film in particular will note the starry casting of supporting roles, though Danial Day Lewis is - now - the biggest star of the show. Here he shows the real substance behind his fame - more so than in any other film of his seen to date. The cast is universally excellent and the unique shooting, pacing and dialogue, quite quite brilliant.

Some of the shots in this film could be used as a template for brilliance...An unexpected kiss in a dark alley is easily the most erotic single shot I have seen in a film.

Despite a few reviews I have read claiming otherwise, I don't believe you need to be gay or Asian to get something out of this picture. Living in Britain may help, though it's a lot less than essential.......

And hey! Wouldn't you love to throw your knickers into the washing machines of a neon-lit music-filled laudrette from heaven run by two insatiably young and energetic lovers?

Well I would anyway! Pass the detergent this way please!


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