My Beautiful Laundrette

  • 15
  • Stephen Frears (1985)
  • UK
  • 93 min
My Beautiful Laundrette
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

This seminal 1980s movie launched a plethora of now distinguished careers, including those of director Stephen Frears and Daniel Day-Lewis. The latter shines in his first major role as the scabrous punk and friend to Gordon Warnecke's entrepreneurial Asian, who dreams of creating the most glittering launderette in London. This marvellously played movie's undoubted importance lies in the way it takes the key characteristics of the Thatcherite decade - grafting in the free market, the desire for material acquisitions, the establishment of stability - and turns everything on its head with a merciful lack of polemic.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Gordon Warnecke. After his shady uncle makes him manager of a neglected London launderette, Omar, an eager Asian youth, seeks the help of his old school friend Johnny who has links with a racist gang. Against a background of racial tension in the area, Omar and Johnny set about giving their new business a facelift.

Cast and crew

Cast

Johnny
Daniel Day-Lewis
Omar
Gordon Warnecke
Nasser
Saeed Jaffrey
Papa
Roshan Seth
Salim
Derrick Branche
Rachel
Shirley Anne Field
Tania
Rita Wolf
Cherry
Souad Faress
Ghengis
Richard Graham (2)
Jamaican
Winston Graham (2)
Jamaican
Dudley Thomas
Squatter
Garry Cooper

Crew

Director
Stephen Frears

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Mainline Pictures Ltd
Guidance: 
Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy
Drama