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My Beautiful Laundrette ()


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

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Johnny (as Daniel Day Lewis)
Richard Graham ...
Genghis
Winston Graham ...
Jamaican One
Dudley Thomas ...
Jamaican Two
Derrick Branche ...
Salim
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Squatter
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Omar
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Papa Hussein
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Uncle Nasser
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Rachel
Charu Bala Chokshi ...
Bilquis (as Charu Bala Choksi)
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Cherry
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Tania
Persis Maravala ...
Nasser's Elder Daughter
Nisha Kapur ...
Nasser's Younger Daughter
Neil Cunningham ...
Englishman
Walter Donohue ...
Dick O'Donnell
Gurdial Sira ...
Zaki
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Moose
Dawn Archibald ...
Gang Member One
Jonathan Moore ...
Gang Member Two
Gerard Horan ...
Telephone Man
Ram John Holder ...
Poet
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Tariq (as Bhasker)
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Student (as Ayub Khan Din)
Dulice Liecier ...
Girl in Disco (as Dulice Leicier)
Badi Uzzaman ...
Dealer
Chris Pitt ...
Kid One
Kerryann White ...
Kid Two
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Madame Butterfly Man
Sheila Chitnis ...
Zaki's Wife
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Stephen Frears

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Hanif Kureishi ... (by)

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Tim Bevan ... producer
Sarah Radclyffe ... producer

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Stanley Myers ... (as Ludus Tonalis)
Hans Zimmer ... (as Ludus Tonalis)

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Oliver Stapleton ... (photographed by)

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Mick Audsley

Editorial Department

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Jason Adams ... first assistant editor
Chris Cook ... second assistant editor

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Debbie McWilliams

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Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski ... designer (as Hugo Luczyc Wyhowski)

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Lindy Hemming

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Elaine Carew ... makeup artist
Wendy Rawson ... hairdresser

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Jane Frazer ... production manager

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Gary Davies ... third assistant director
Simon Hinkly ... first assistant director
Waldo Roeg ... second assistant director

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Mark Allett ... stand-by props
Alison Dominitz ... assistant art director
Alastair Gow ... construction
Ray Perry Sr. ... property master (as Ray Perry Snr)
Raymond Perry ... stand-by props (as Ray Perry Jnr)
Julian Rothenstein ... graphics
Bob Starrett ... painter
Robin Thistlewaite ... construction
Jeanne Vertigan ... production buyer

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Albert Bailey ... sound recordist
St. Clair Davis ... boom operator (as St Clair Davis)
Peter Maxwell ... dubbing mixer
Budge Tremlett ... dubbing editor (as 'Budge' Tremlett)
Matthew Whiteman ... assistant dubbing editor
Steve Hancock ... sound camera operator (uncredited)

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Jim Dowdall ... stunt coordinator
Tracey Eddon ... stunt performer (as Tracey Eddons)
Wayne Michaels ... stunt performer
Nosher Powell ... stunt coordinator
Rocky Taylor ... stunt coordinator
Tip Tipping ... stunt performer
Bill Weston ... stunt coordinator

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Fiona Cunningham-Reid ... clapper loader
Malcolm Davies ... gaffer
Martin Duncan ... electrician
Tony Hair ... electrician (as Tony Hare)
Anthony James ... camera trainee
Steve Keith-Roach ... focus puller
Mike Laye ... stills photographer
Dave McWhinney ... electrician (as Dave McWhinnie)
Jamie Monks ... second camera grip
Jim Monks ... camera grip

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Karen Sharpe ... wardrobe mistress

Location Management

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Rebecca O'Brien ... location manager

Music Department

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Stanley Myers ... music producer
Hans Zimmer ... music producer

Transportation Department

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Harry Vincent ... driver: prop

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Ronald Bailey ... National Film School attachment
Jo Brown ... National Film School attachment
Christopher Bruce ... unit runner (as Chris Bruce)
Abdul Chowdray ... National Film School attachment
Bill Craster ... production accountant
Anuree De Silva ... National Film School attachment
Penny Eyles ... continuity
Sam Garwood ... production runner
Grainne Marmion ... assistant production accountant
Charlie McGrigor ... unit runner
Sarah O'Brien ... production assistant
Andrew Young ... projectionist
Tim Dennison ... additional floor runner: dailies (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 him. Johnny and Omar have a special relationship, but one that has gone through its ups and downs, the downs fostered by anti-immigration sentiments of white England. Omar and Johnny each have to evaluate if their ideals of success are worth it at all cost. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Mi hermosa lavandería (Spain)
  • My Beautiful Laundrette - Lavanderia a gettone (Italy)
  • Az én szép kis mosodám (Hungary)
  • Frumoasa mea spalatorie (Romania)
  • Моята прекрасна пералня (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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Runtime
  • 97 min
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Budget GBP650,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Gordon Warnecke and Daniel Day-Lewis were called the Listerine Kids on set, due to their constant kissing of characters on set and downing Listerine before takes. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Hooray for Holyrood (1986). See more »
Quotes Salim: I want to talk to Omar about business.
Johnny: I dunno where he is.
Salim: Is it worth waiting?
Johnny: In my experience, it's always worth waiting for Omo.
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