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6.9

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

My Beautiful Laundrette
Running time: 95 min. | Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy, Homosexuality, Racism, Immigration
My Beautiful Laundrette

Synopsis

Much of the Pakistani Hussein family has settled in London, striving for the riches promised by Thatcherism. Nasser and his right hand man, Salim, have a number of small businesses and they do whatever they need to make money, even if the activities are illegal. As such, Nasser and his immediate family live more than a comfortable lifestyle, and he flaunts his riches whenever he can. Meanwhile, his brother, alcoholic Ali, once a famous journalist in Pakistan, lives in a seedy flat with his son, Omar. Ali's life in London is not as lucrative in part because of his left leaning politics, which does not mesh with the ideals of Thatcherism. To help his brother, Nasser gives Omar a job doing menial labor. But Omar, with bigger plans, talks Nasser into letting him manage Nasser's run down laundrette. Omar seizes what he sees as an opportunity to make the laundrette a success, and employs an old friend, Johnny - who has been most recently running around with a gang of white punks - to help him. Johnny and Omar have a special relationship, but one that has gone through its ups and downs, the downs fostered by anti-immigration sentiments of white England. Omar and Johnny each have to evaluate if their ideals of success are worth it at all cost.

Nominations & Awards

Academy Awards

Best Original Screenplay
NOMINATED

BAFTA

Best Supporting Actor (Saeed Jaffrey)
NOMINATED
Best Original Screenplay
NOMINATED

Independent Spirit

Special Distinction Award
NOMINATED

Details

Original title

My Beautiful Laundrette

Director

Stephen Frears

Producer

Channel Four Films, Working Title Productions

Running time

95 min.

Screenwriter

Hanif Kureishi

Music

Stanley Myers, Ludus Tonalis

Cinematography

Oliver Stapleton

Year

1985

Country

United Kingdom United Kingdom

Ranking

IMDb
6.9

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