7.3/10
40,098
223 user 145 critic

Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

Trailer
0:36 | Trailer
Undocumented 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 »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Okwe
Audrey Tautou ... Senay Gelik
Sergi López ... Sneaky / Juan
Sophie Okonedo ... Juliette
Benedict Wong ... Guo Yi
Zlatko Buric ... Ivan
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
Kenan Hudaverdi Kenan Hudaverdi ... Cafe Owner
Damon Younger ... Punter
Paul Bhattacharjee ... Mohammed
Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Stars: Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Jodie Foster
Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young woman who is in love with a married doctor becomes dangerous when her attempts to persuade him to leave his wife are unsuccessful. However, when things are seen from his point of view, the real situation becomes clear.

Director: Laetitia Colombani
Stars: Audrey Tautou, Samuel Le Bihan, Isabelle Carré
Priceless (2006)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Through a set of wacky circumstances, a young gold digger mistakenly woos a mild-mannered bartender, thinking he's a wealthy suitor.

Director: Pierre Salvadori
Stars: Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Marie-Christine Adam
Liam (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A family falls into poverty during the Depression.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Anthony Borrows, Ian Hart, Claire Hackett
The Grifters (1990)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A small-time conman has torn loyalties between his estranged mother and new girlfriend, both of whom are high-stakes grifters with their own angles to play.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Anjelica Huston, John Cusack, Annette Bening
Happenstance (2000)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

How, thanks to what's known as the "Butterfly theory" (a random series of unlinked events), can a young woman and a young man meet ?

Director: Laurent Firode
Stars: Audrey Tautou, Faudel, Eric Savin
Delicacy (2011)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A French woman mourning over the death of her husband three years prior is courted by a Swedish co-worker.

Directors: David Foenkinos, Stéphane Foenkinos
Stars: Audrey Tautou, François Damiens, Bruno Todeschini
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A 40-year-old father's life is complicated when the mother of his two children moves to New York. Since he can't bear them growing up far away from him, he decides to move there as well.

Director: Cédric Klapisch
Stars: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cécile de France
Amor maman (2019)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Roland is forty years old. Solitary and a bit lunar, he thinks he will discover one morning that he is the hidden son of Arielle Dombasle. He decides to go to meet his mother who will ... See full summary »

Director: Roland Menou
Stars: Arielle Dombasle, Roland Menou, Edith Scob
Lost Seamen (2003)
Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Based on a novel by Jean-Claude Izzo, this melancholic movie focuses on three sailors being the last remaining crew members on their ship which is aground in the harbor of Marseille. After ... See full summary »

Director: Claire Devers
Stars: Bernard Giraudeau, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Sergio Peris-Mencheta
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.

Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Armin Mueller-Stahl
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Michèle, 20 years old, feels terrible after having broken up with her boy-friend. She meets Francois, who's a veterinarian and jewish. Michèle decides to convert into Judaism because she ... See full summary »

Director: Pascale Bailly
Stars: Audrey Tautou, Edouard Baer, Julie Depardieu
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Every dream has its price. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

French actress Audrey Tautou's first English-speaking role. See more »

Goofs

Guo Yi says the mythological figure who ferries the dead to Hades is Pylades; in fact the ferryman's name is Charon. Pylades is the companion of Orestes. See more »

Quotes

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

Connections

Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Room 510
Written and Produced by Nathan Larsen
Published by Miramax Film Music (BMI), Hot One Inc
See more »

User Reviews

 
You wouldn't believe how some people will degrade themselves to survive...
31 May 2005 | by Howlin WolfSee all my reviews

... I have to be honest and say that before I sat down to watch, I hadn't given much thought to the subject, myself. Maybe it's the suburban boy in me. Often you don't notice the true depths of depravity to be found in most cities unless you actively go looking for it.

This happens to be about the underbelly of London; and what practises are reputed to - and may or may not - go on there. In this particular treatment, such activities are allowed to continue because the people caught up in them aren't citizens. 'Developed' society prefers to deny them a workable route of admittance for many of their circumstances;, so the best attitude seems to be to ignore how they have to live until such time as they go away. Of course, the logical outcome of such a way of thinking is a marked increase in illegal/immoral activity; but somehow the people who wish to turn a blind eye can't understand that eventually the overall effects will begin to seep onto THEIR doorstep... You do indeed tend to reap what you sow.

For those lucky enough to be ignorant of the sorts of happenings that take place on the streets, one can only say that this film is an eye-opener. Too often we walk around blind to the foreign nationals who do a lot of our menial jobs for us. It's not expected that we take notice of our cab drivers, chamber-maids, and yes; even our sex-slaves. Pity we don't pay more attention, because that often isn't ALL they do; and the burden of truth should heap shame on civilisation as a whole. These issues are handled brilliantly in "Dirty Pretty Things" by all of the creative team involved. See it to humble yourselves with this sobering reminder: The face you slap on your way up may belong to the same owner of the feet you're kissing at your lowest ebb.


44 of 63 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 223 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Somali | Spanish | French

Release Date:

5 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Negocios entrañables See more »

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.



Recently Viewed