My Beautiful Laundrette

My Beautiful Laundrette

My Beautiful Laundrette

Independent drama from director Stephen Frears, starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Omar (Gordon Warnecke), a homosexual Pakistani living in London with his alcoholic father, steals drug money and, with his lover Johnny (Day-Lewis), renovates a grungy laundrette.

1985Rating: M97 minsUKEnglish, Urdu with English subtitles
ComedyDramaRomanceFestival & Independent

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My Beautiful Laundrette / Reviews

Variety

Variety

As always, director Stephen Frears does a superb job of work when given a good script, and this is a very good script.

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Time Out

Time Out

The strength of the film is its vision -- cutting, compassionate and sometimes hilarious -- of what it means to be Asian, and British, in Thatcher's Britain.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

Fast, bold, harsh and primitive like a prodigious student film with equal parts promise and threat.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

A fascinating, eccentric, very personal movie.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

It is with some relief that we realize it isn't "about" anything; it's simply some weeks spent with some characters in a way that tells us more about some aspects of modern Britain than we've seen before.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

It's Daniel Day Lewis, taut, intelligent, erotic, who is an emerging star.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

At times puzzling due to the diverse panorama of subject matter, the film nevertheless corners touchy issues more than it flinches them.

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