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: M, Violence, offensive language & sex scenes97 minsUKEnglish, Urdu with English subtitles
ComedyDramaRomanceFestival & Independent
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Variety

Variety

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

Time Out

Time Out

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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.

Time Magazine

Time Magazine

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

The New York Times

The New York Times

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A fascinating, eccentric, very personal movie.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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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.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

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

Time Out

Time Out

press

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.

Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

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

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A fascinating, eccentric, very personal movie.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

4.0

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