Tuesday, June 11, 2013

My Beautiful Laundrette

1985 British Feature

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

Omar, an ambitious young Pakistani man living in London, and his old friend, a street punk named Johnny, rekindle their romance when they open a glamorous laundromat.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 74%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
  • BAFTA Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Jaffrey) and Original Screenplay.
  • Independent Spirit Award, Special Distinction.
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor (Day-Lewis).
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Original Screenplay.
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Day-Lewis) and Original Screenplay.

  • Originally shot for television, My Beautiful Laundrette was released in cinemas and became Stephen Frears' first international success.
  • Both My Beautiful Laundrette and A Room with a View opened in New York on the same day in 1986. Both movies featured Daniel Day-Lewis in prominent and very different roles: in A Room with a View, he played a snobbish Edwardian upperclassman, while in My Beautiful Laundrette, he played a lower-class gay ex-skinhead.
  • My Beautiful Laundrette was released on DVD and Blu-ray as part of The Criterion Collection in 2015.

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