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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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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 »

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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

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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Referenced in This Means War (2012) See more »

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Room 510
Written and Produced by Nathan Larsen
Published by Miramax Film Music (BMI), Hot One Inc
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Distinctly average movie
2 December 2002 | by laabaaSee all my reviews

Having opened the London Film Festival, this film duly goes on public release and it has to be said it's a slight disappointment. It's worthy and weighty in terms of subject matter, but as a film it lacks invention.

Concentrating on the seedy London underworld of illegal immigrants and late night workers, the film tells the story of Night Hotel manager Okwe. Showing how he unsuccessfully juggles working all day and night the film begins as a drama, but soon changes gears. A slow burning relationship with maid Senay, a Turkish immigrant, combines with a gruesome discovery of a human heart in the lavatory. Keeping the matter quiet, Okwe tries to uncover the truth himself, whilst avoiding dogged immigration officers. Being a doctor in his previous life, Okwe treats people of back street procedures, and soon realises that a grisly trade in human organs is going on in his own hotel. Will he and Senay be able to escape?

The films central premise is what lets it down. To imply that life for immigrants is hard is nothing new, but to suggest that going to America or back home is the ideal solution is ridiculous. The performances are more than adequate, with Tautou convincing as the spirited yet innocent Senay. Newcomer Ejifor is also convincing in the central role, showing Okwe's vulnerable and sensitive characters. They are surrounded however by various overacting characters, which undermine the film.

A worthy subject matter, and some nice twists are undone by unimaginative directing from the experienced Stephen Frear's, whose previous films such as 'My Beautiful laundrette' promised more than the director has been able to deliver.

Worth watching for the captivating Tautou and promising Ejiofor, but might be worth waiting for a video release, especially with all the blockbusters flying about at this time of year.


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