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My Beautiful Laundrette
     

My Beautiful Laundrette

4.0 2
Director: Stephen Frears, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gordon Warnecke, Saeed Jaffrey

Cast: Stephen Frears, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gordon Warnecke, Saeed Jaffrey

 

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After the death of his wife and his subsequent descent into alcoholic near-agoraphobia, a crotchety Pakistani intellectual convinces his shady entrepreneur brother to provide work for his son in this multi-layered portrait of the immigrant experience in Great Britain. Young Londoner Omar (Gordon Warnecke) isn't sure what he wants out

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After the death of his wife and his subsequent descent into alcoholic near-agoraphobia, a crotchety Pakistani intellectual convinces his shady entrepreneur brother to provide work for his son in this multi-layered portrait of the immigrant experience in Great Britain. Young Londoner Omar (Gordon Warnecke) isn't sure what he wants out of life, but his uncle Nasser (Saeed Jaffrey) provides a corrupt, capitalist role model as Omar graduates from washing cars for the old crook to running his run-down laundromat. After a chance meeting with Johnny (Daniel Day-Lewis), an old school chum whose flirtation with fascism deeply wounded Omar's principled Papa (Roshan Seth), Omar hires the young thug to work for him. Soon, the pair begin a romantic relationship that remains as under wraps as the illicit drug-running and enforcement work they perform for Nasser's associate, Salim (Derrick Branche). On the domestic front, Omar must balance his knowledge of Nasser's long-running affair with posh Brit Rachel (Shirley Ann Field) with his own loyalty and attraction to Nasser's westernized daughter, Tania (Rita Wolf). After successfully transforming his laundrette into a vision of resplendent pastel suds and providing a bright spot in his otherwise squalid London neighborhood, Omar seems to have a bright future in Nasser's organization. The spectre of Johnny's past, however, combines with Omar's conflicted immigrant loyalties to threaten the sense of identity the young man has managed to stake out for himself. British-born, half-Pakistani playwright and novelist Hanif Kureishi won an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for My Beautiful Laundrette, which was originally filmed for BBC television. Kureishi collaborated again with director Stephen Frears on Sammy and Rosie Get Laid.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This terse, elliptical, complicated film reveals new layers with each viewing despite the somewhat simplistic hopefulness of its message that love and loyalty can conquer differences in class, politics, and ethnic background. Writer Hanif Kureishi and director Stephen Frears pack My Beautiful Laundrette with so many characters, ideas, and well-observed moments that stars Gordon Warnecke and Daniel Day-Lewis barely get the chance to demonstrate their characters' dance of desire and economic power. It's a toss-up whether the compression of Johnny and Omar's romance and struggle with the past into a few key scenes is the mark of brilliantly cinematic storytelling or simply of Kureishi's inexperience; either way, My Beautiful Laundrette is hardly a romantic comedy despite the sweetness of its love story and the wry humor of its tangled social and economic circles. Day-Lewis and Warnecke are appealing in their fresh-faced naïveté and bravado, but it's Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, and the tart, smart Rita Wolf whose perceptive, pitch-perfect characters provide the theories and examples by which Omar can gauge his integration into Anglo-Pakistani society. All this talk of identity politics makes My Beautiful Laundrette sound strident and stuffy, but it isn't. Full of indelible characters and well-defined conflicts, Frears and Kureishi's film works on the most basic level as a coming-of-age story -- one whose rich details provide astute audiences with plenty to ponder.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/21/2015
UPC:
0715515151719
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
R
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
12,677

Special Features

New conversation between director Stephen Frears and producer Colin MacCabe; New interviews with writer Hanif Kureeishi, producers Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe, and Stapleton; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Day-Lewis Johnny
Gordon Warnecke Omar
Saeed Jaffrey Nasser
Roshan Seth Papa
Shirley Ann Field Rachel
Derrick Branche Salim
Rita Wolf Tania
Dawn Archibald Gang Member
Bhasker Tariq
Colin Campbell Madame Butterfly Man
Sheila Chitnis Zaki's Wife
Neil Cunningham Englishman
Ayub Khan Din Student
Walter Donahue dick O'donnell
Souad Faress Cherry, Salim's Wife
Ram John Holder Poet
Gerard Horan Telephone Man
Nisha Kapur Nasser's Younger Daughter
Dulice Leicier Girl in Disco
Stephen Marcus Moose
Persis Marvala Nasser's Elder Daughter
Chris Pitt Kid
Sira Gurdial/Zaki
Buddy Uzzaman Dealer
Kerryann White Kid
Jonathan Moore Gang Member
Charu Bala Chokshi Bilquis, Nasser's Wife
Garry Cooper Squatter
Richard Graham Genghis
Winston Graham Jamaican
Persis Khambatta Actor
Dudley Thomas Jamaican

Technical Credits
Stephen Frears Director
Mick Audsley Editor
Tim Bevan Producer
Elaine Carew Makeup
Jim Dowdall Stunts
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
Hanif Kureishi Screenwriter
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski Production Designer
Stanley Myers Score Composer
Nosher Powell Stunts
Sarah Radclyffe Producer
Oliver Stapleton Cinematographer
Rocky Taylor Stunts
Tip Tipping Stunts
Ludus Tonalis Score Composer
Bill Weston Stunts
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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