My Beautiful Laundrette

My Beautiful Laundrette

Stephen Frears (1985)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


An ambitious Asian teenager joins forces with a former National Front member to open a trendy laundrette, but as the project develops, so does the boys' relationship - leading to mixed feelings and racial tension. Stephen Frears' comedy drama, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Gordon Warnecke and Saeed Jaffrey. Written by Hanif Kureishi.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Stephen Frears
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Mainline Pictures LtdGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Comedy