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Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

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Illegal immigrants Okwe and Senay work at a posh London hotel and live in constant fear of deportation. One night Okwe stumbles across evidence of a bizarre murder setting off a series of events that could lead to disaster or freedom.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writer:

Steven Knight
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Okwe
Kriss Dosanjh Kriss Dosanjh ... Asian Businessman
Israel Oyelumade ... Mini Cab Driver (as Israel Aduramo)
Yemi Goodman Ajibade Yemi Goodman Ajibade ... Mini Cab Driver (as Ade-Yemi Ajibade)
Nizwar Karanj Nizwar Karanj ... Mini Cab Driver
Deobia Oparei ... Mini Cab Driver
Jeffery Kissoon ... Cab Controller
Zlatko Buric ... Ivan
Audrey Tautou ... Senay
Sophie Okonedo ... Juliette
Sergi López ... Sneaky (as Sergi Lopez)
Benedict Wong ... Guo Yi
Kenan Hudaverdi Kenan Hudaverdi ... Cafe Owner
Damon Younger ... Punter
Paul Bhattacharjee ... Mohammed
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Storyline

Okwe is an illegal Nigerian immigrant leading a hard life and struggling to survive in London's underground. He works as a hotel receptionist in the night time and as he has a doctor degree he practices some medicine, during the day, in a very odd way. Besides that he must constantly escape from Immigration officers. One day Okwe discovers by chance an illegal scheme of surgeries is being lead by Juan, his boss in the hotel. Juan quickly comes up with a tempting proposal: if Okwe accepts to perform the illegal surgeries he makes a lot of money and gets legalized situation in the U.K. Can Okwe keep his moral values intact? Written by Weslley Gonçalves

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Some things are too dangerous to keep secret. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Turkish immigrant Senay also has a poster of controversial Turkish director Yilmaz Güney in her temporary apartment. Güney produced many works of 'gritty realism' devoted to the plight of ordinary, working class people in Turkey. At odds with the typical state-sanctioned films and the then Turkish government, the director eventually fled the country and later lost his citizenship. See more »

Goofs

When Okwe and Senay are drinking wine, Senay lifts a full glass. In the next shot, the glass is 3/4 full. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Okwe: Do you want a car? Ten pounds, Theatreland. Car? London? You want a taxi? Buckingham Palace.
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Connections

Referenced in This Means War (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Larbi Dida & U Roy Life
Written by Larbi Dida / Ewart Beckford / Messonnier
Published by Delabel Editions and EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of Virgin France
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Watch this Film. well worth it!
26 October 2004 | by newyorktalkSee all my reviews

First of all, without being argumentative, let me just say that Janne&Sect's review was...hmmmmmm....very close to dumb. Just a hair away, matter-of-factly. Not everything is about race simply because the protagonists of the film aren't white! Another reviewer, Miss Elmaz, put it quite well:

" The best way to describe "Dirty pretty things", is in my opinion, that it is like a beautiful poem. It flows easily and because of the fact that the cast are such good actors/actresses, almost every scene in the film affects you in some way. "

The film is very accurate in its portrayal of the harshness of immigrant life in the urban first world. The cinematography is lush. Audrey Tatou is just this side of perfect (as she usually is). The actor who portrays the main protagonist Okwe: Chiwetel Ejiofor is intense, brooding and makes you keep your eyes on him whenever he is on the screen. All the secondary players executed their roles admirably. This movie is well worth the time you take to watch it. Very Highly Recommended!


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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Somali | Spanish | French

Release Date:

5 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dirty Pretty Things See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,512, 20 July 2003

Gross USA:

$8,112,414

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,904,766
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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