Cynical and brutally unsentimental in outlook, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, brings the force of an accelerated cinematic attack to bear upon its complex thematic juxtaposition of sexual warfare, cross-cultural dislocation, racism and the ruthlessness of power.

Cynical and brutally unsentimental in outlook, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, brings the force of an accelerated cinematic attack to bear upon its complex thematic juxtaposition of sexual warfare, cross-cultural dislocation, racism and the ruthlessness of power.

With relentless momentum director Stephen Frears unfolds the story of Sammy, (Ayub Khan Din), the hedonistic, thoroughly English son of a prominent Pakistani politician. Sammy, who scrapes out a living as an accountant, lives in a dangerous and decaying black neighborhood with his wife Rosie (Frances Barber), a sexually adventurous feminist journalist.

Change enters their lives with the arrival of Rafi (Shashi Kapoor), Sammy’s long-lost father who has been forced to flee his political enemies in Pakistan. Rafi attempts to buy his way back into the affection of his son and that of a beautiful and sensitive Englishwoman, Alice (Claire Bloom) whom he also cruelly abandoned in his self-centered quest for power in the East.

Frears levitates the film’s harsh realism with a fantastical counterpoint in touches like the ghost of a tortured labor leader who haunts Rafi from the outset, and a band of gypsy buskers who serenade the ongoing anarchy.

Sammy and Rosie Get Laid

UK

Production

Working Title. Director Stephen Frears; Producer Tim Bevan, Sarah Radclyffe; Screenplay Hanif Kureishi; Camera Oliver Stapleton; Editor Mick Audsley; Music Stanley Myers; Art Director Hugo Lyczyc Wyhowski

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1987. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Shashi Kapoor Frances Barber Claire Bloom Ayub Khan Din Roland Gift Wendy Gazelle
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