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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

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 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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Certificate:

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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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Trivia

In January 2018, numerous news outlets reported that the digital brand Super Deluxe and the screenwriter Stephen Gaghan had a deal to executive produce a television series adaptation of My Beautiful Launderette, with Kumail Nanjiani set to star and co-write. Also executive producing is Hanif Kureishi, the screenwriter of the source film. See more »

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Johnny: We're moving house.
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A business deal melds immigrant and punk
20 October 1998 | by lib-4See all my reviews

For its time MBL was a break through movie. London is a very complicated place for colonials and for punks. As the friendship between the boys develops- complications arise. What I liked about this film was its unpretentiousness. You can hear and almost smell the various neighborhoods of London. And Daniel Day Lewis certainly showed his potential for the star he would become.


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