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My Beautiful Laundrette

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1985
  • Stephen Frears
  • 93 mins
  • 15

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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JohnnyDaniel Day-Lewis
OmarGordon Warnecke
NasserSaeed Jaffrey
PapaRoshan Seth
SalimDerrick Branche
RachelShirley Anne Field
TaniaRita Wolf
CherrySouad Faress
GhengisRichard Graham (2)
JamaicanWinston Graham (2)
JamaicanDudley Thomas
SquatterGarry Cooper

Crew

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DirectorStephen Frears

Details

Theatrical distributor
Mainline Pictures Ltd
Released on
1985-11-16
Languages
English | Urdu
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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