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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)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Day-Lewis ... Johnny (as Daniel Day Lewis)
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:

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Trivia

Film shot in six months, on a £600,000 budget. See more »

Quotes

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

Featured in Hooray for Holyrood (1986) See more »

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multicultural and multisexual perspectives
19 August 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Stephen Frears' film of Hanif Kureshi's script about the Pakistani and the NF punk who grew up as friends, and find themselves attracted to each other again. Gordon Warneke and Daniel Day-Lewis play the lovers in this intelligent movie which has a cheap British tinge but has some superb moments (Saeed Jaffrey as Warneke's uncle, ‘a professional businessman, not a professional Pakistani') within it.

Perhaps the longest-lasting image is the two boys in the back room of the launderette, splashing each other with water, and putting aside the political differences between them. Whether it truly makes its points about race and sexuality I'm not sure.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Urdu

Release Date:

4 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Beautiful Laundrette See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP650,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,451,545

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,451,545
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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