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My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

Director: Stephen Frears
Writers: Hanif Kureishi
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country:  UK
Language: English
Duration: 1h 37 min
Year: 1985


Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Richard Graham, Winston Graham, Dudley Thomas



Stephen Frears was at the forefront of the British cinematic revival of the mid-1980s, and the delightfully transgressive My Beautiful Laundrette is his greatest triumph of the period.

Working from a richly layered script by Hanif Kureishi, who was soon to be an internationally renowned writer, Frears tells an uncommon love story that takes place between a young South London Pakistani man (Gordon Warnecke), who decides to open an upscale laundromat to make his family proud, and his childhood friend, a skinhead (Daniel Day-Lewis, in a breakthrough role) who volunteers to help make his dream a reality. This culture-clash comedy is also a subversive work of social realism that dares to address racism, homophobia, and sociopolitical marginalization in Margaret Thatcher’s England.

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

97 min|Comedy, Drama, Romance|04 Apr 1986
6.9Rating: 6.9 / 10 from 10,745 usersMetascore: N/A
An ambitious Asian Briton and his white lover strive for success and hope, when they open up a glamorous laundromat.

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