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Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987)

Sammy and Rosie are an unconventional couple. They live in the midst chaos, surround themselves with intellectual street people and sleep with everybody except each other. Things become interesting when Sammy's father comes to visit.


Stephen Frears


Hanif Kureishi




Cast overview, first billed only:
Shashi Kapoor ... Rafi Rahman
Frances Barber ... Rosie Hobbs
Claire Bloom ... Alice
Ayub Khan-Din ... Sammy
Roland Gift ... Danny / Victoria
Wendy Gazelle Wendy Gazelle ... Anna
Suzette Llewellyn ... Vivia
Meera Syal ... Rani
Badi Uzzaman ... Ghost
Tessa Wojtczak ... Bridget
Emer Gillespie ... Eva
Lesley Manville ... Margy
Mark Sproston Mark Sproston ... Young Policeman
Cynthia Powell Cynthia Powell ... Woman in Kitchen
Dennis Conlon ... Asian Shopkeeper


Sammy and Rosie are an unconventional middle-class London married couple. They live in the midst of inner-city chaos, surround themselves with intellectual street people, and sleep with everybody - except each other! Things become interesting when Sammy's father, Raffi, who is a former Indian government minister, comes to London for a visit. Sammy, Rosie, and Raffi try to find meaning through their lives and loves. Written by Martin Lewison <milst1@cislabs.pitt.edu>

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As London burns...


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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During its initial release, many American newspapers would not run ads with the full title. Ads would show "Sammy and Rosie" printed at the top of a poster, with the bottom part shredded up. See more »


Sammy: How can things become so strange between a common couple?
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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »


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clever, yes, but awfully smug
31 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

This biting social/sexual satire from the same team responsible for 'My Beautiful Laundrette' may be too comprehensive for its own good, ranging far and wide over Margaret Thatcher's England but never quite achieving the kaleidoscopic effect it strives for. Racial tension, sexual revolution, recreational drug abuse, and inner city violence (complete with police brutality) are all part of the interchangeable backdrop for its two unlikable title characters: a swinging London couple whose marriage is less open than they'd like to believe. The arrival of Sammy's father, a Pakistani politician with a secret, fascist background, is the hook on which writer Hanif Kureishi hangs his colorful but didactic screenplay (his characters too often trade clever observations and aphorisms instead of credible dialogue). The style of the film certainly shows plenty of kinetic energy, and repeat viewings help bring out some of the depth and compassion in the story and characters. But the self-consciously hip and trendy attitude doesn't sit well with such an unreal depiction of counter-culture idealism: cuddly ragamuffins in a fairy tale, open-air commune.

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Release Date:

30 October 1987 (USA) See more »

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Sammy and Rosie Get Laid See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,899, 1 November 1987

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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