My Beautiful Laundrette Movie Review 1985

Information and Film Reviews for My Beautiful Laundrette the Movie

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Omar (Warnecke), the nephew of a Pakistani businessman, is given the opportunity to better himself by turning his uncle's run-down laundry into a profitable business. He reunites with Johnny (Day Lewis), a childhood friend and a working-class street punk, and they go into the business together. They find themselves battling the prejudice of each other's families and friends in order to succeed. An intelligent look at the sexuality, race relations and economic problems of Thatcher's London. Great performances by a relatively unknown cast (for contrast, note Day Lewis' performance in "Room with a View," released in the same year.)


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Available on VHS
Running time 93 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Comedy Drama, Gays, Buddies, London, Interracial Affairs, Aunts & Uncles, Nieces & Nephews
Hanif Kureishi
Gordon Warnecke, Daniel Day-Lewis, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Shirley Anne Field, Derrick Branche, Rita Wolf, Souad Faress, Richard Graham, Dudley Thomas, Garry Cooper, Charu Bala Choksi, Neil Cunningham, Walter Donohue, Stephen Marcus, Badi Uzzaman
Oliver Stapleton
Stephen Frears
Ludus Tonalis, Stanley Myers
Orion Pictures


Natl. Bd. of Review 1986: Support. Actor (Day-Lewis); N.Y. Film Critics 1986: Screenplay, Support. Actor (Day-Lewis); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1986: Screenplay.

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