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My Beautiful Laundrette

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My Beautiful Laundrette

Time Out says

Not content with setting itself in London's Asian community, this also tells a gay love story. Daniel Day Lewis gives a luminous performance as the white ex-National Front hoodlum who befriends an Asian (Warnecke) and helps him create his commercial dream, a laundrette which glitters like a Hollywood picture palace. The fact that Lewis finds himself demoted in the ensuing suds war is typical of Hanif Kureishi's script, which refuses to push Asians into their customary dramatic role as victims. Instead, they're seen as rapacious businessmen, pedalling furiously on their Tebbitite cycles, and therefore puzzled, as well as angered, by the vicious prejudice they suffer at the hands of the establishment. Saeed Jaffrey is marvellous as the smoothest of the smooth operators, and Frears directs in his customarily unfussy style. But 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.

Written by RR

Release Details

  • Duration:97 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Stephen Frears
  • Screenwriter:Hanif Kureishi
  • Cast:
    • Roshan Seth
    • Daniel Day-Lewis
    • Rita Wolf
    • Gordon Warnecke
    • Shirley Anne Field
    • Saeed Jaffrey
    • Derrick Branche
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