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Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

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An illegal Nigerian immigrant discovers the unpalatable side of London life.

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
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
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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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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Somali | Spanish | French

Release Date:

5 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Negocios entrañables See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£141,865 (United Kingdom), 15 December 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,512, 20 July 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,111,360, 16 February 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,550,000, 7 November 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first film from Celador, the company behind TV quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1998). Steven Knight, co-creator of the hit show, also wrote the script for Dirty Pretty Things. 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.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Glass, Concrete & Stone
Written by David Byrne
Performed by David Byrne
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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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.


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