Tale of profiteering middle-class Pakistani capitalists making a fortune out of unscrupulous wheeling and dealing in an impoverished London.
Tale of profiteering middle-class Pakistani capitalists making a fortune out of unscrupulous wheeling and dealing in an impoverished London.Focus is on two youths, friends from schooldays. Johnny is a working-class white whose punkish mates are members of the National Front. Omar lives with his left-leaning widower father in a rundown house by the railway line. When the film begins, Omar is given a menial job by his wealthy uncle, Nasser. He likes young Omar and gives him a rundown laundrette which he and Johnny convert into a veritable palace of a place, complete with video screens. Meanwhile, a repressed love blossoms between Omar and Johnny, adding tension to the already volatile racial situation. As always, director Stephen Frears does a superb job of work when given a good script, and this is a very good script. It’s peopled with interesting characters, allowing for a gallery of fine performances and situations. 1986: Nomination: Best Original Screenplay
My Beautiful Laundrette
Working Title/SAF/Channel Four. Director Stephen Frears; Producer Sarah Radclyffe, Tim Bevan; Screenplay Hanif Kureishi; Camera Oliver Stapleton; Editor Mick Audsley; Music Hans Zimmer, Stanley Myers; Art Director Hugo Luczyc Wyhowski
(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 97 MIN.
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