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My Beautiful Laundrette (1986)

Saeed Jaffrey , Roshan Seth , Stephen Frears  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Richard Graham, Winston Graham
  • Directors: Stephen Frears
  • Writers: Hanif Kureishi
  • Producers: Sarah Radclyffe, Tim Bevan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008R9KF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,344 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Beautiful Laundrette" on IMDb

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With its "extraordinary cast" (Los Angeles Times)including OscarÂ(r) winner* Daniel Day Lewisand "riveting visual style" (Newsweek), this "warm, compassionate and feisty" film (The Hollywood Reporter) about a young Pakistani man coming of age in London is "a fascinating, eccentric [and] very personal movie" (The New York Times)! Living on the dole with his alcoholic father in a shabby South London flat, Omar is a bright-eyed Pakistani teenager who wants to make something of himself. And as his papa drowns deeper in vodka and self-pity, Omar turns to his unscrupulous wheeling-and-dealing Uncle Nasser to show him the key to success. But when Nasser hires Omar as manager of a seedy, dilapidated laundromat, Omar is forced to choose between running a squeaky-clean establishmentor conducting some very dirty business! *1989: Actor,My Left Foot

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best low-key stories you'll ever see June 3, 2003
Format:DVD
I have been griping for over a year about "the powers that be" putting this incredible classic on DVD, and finally here it is -the British dramedy "My Beautiful Laundrette" is more than just a love story where the love is between two men; this film will make you laugh, make your eyes well with tears, and make you angry as it explores the working classes of England, as well as the racial tensions that exist between white and Pakistani people there. It's touching, funny, romantic, charming, and full of heart. Most of all, it's very real; many people today may freak at the sight of a young, punkish Daniel Day Lewis passionately (and I mean PASSIONATELY) kissing/making love with another man (the beautiful Gordon Warnecke), but if you can get past that, you nearly forget you are watching a movie - the characters are that real, your ability to care for them that real.
For gay or gay-friendly folks who want to see a good, simple, character-driven kind of filmmaking, with no special effects or explosions or heavy prosthetic makeup to compensate for the lack of script, "My Beautiful Laundrette" is true art not to be missed.
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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming of age... June 1, 2001
I love MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE. I saw it ages ago in a local art house, and have never forgotten some of the scenes and the dialogue or the story line. The tale was written by a young Asian playwright of English birth and is somewhat autobiographical. It is a coming of age and love story rolled into one. Although the film is jam-packed with fine Asian actors, some of whom have very familiar faces, the most memorable character from my perspective is "Johnny" played by Daniel Day Lewis.
Johnny bears a strong resemblance to various young EAST ENDERS, to Sid Vicious as portrayed by Gary Oldman in the film SID AND NANCY (physical build and demeanor, Johnny isn't as violent), and some of the youths in various Mike Leigh films. If you see this film along with other DDL films such as MY LEFT FOOT, LAST OF THE MOHICANS, THE BOXER, THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, THE CRUCIBLE, and THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING, you will realize why Daniel Day Lewis is the greatest living actor in the Enlish-speaking world. When LAUNDERETTE becomes available I plan to add it to my nearly complete collection of DDL films. DDL was very young when he made this film--near the time he made THE BOUNTY in which he plays Mr. Frye, and ROOM WITH A VIEW in which he plays Cecil. He's just incredible.
At the beginning of the tale, Johnny like many of his English friends is semi-hostile toward the Pakistani settlers in London. He feels they are somehow implicated in his predicament which is to be an unemployed school dropout with no future in Margaret Thatcher's England. Johnny offends the Asians with anti-immigrant behaviour--marching in a "parade" through the Asian sector of town to protest the presence of the Pakistanis in England.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching story about class and cultural differences August 18, 2003
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Format:DVD
People made a huge deal out of this movie because of the gay content. It's really very minimal (two kisses, a lick on the neck and one very tasteful yet erotic scene and another little kiss later) Maybe a total of 3 or 4 minutes of the film (ok, though that turned into a half hour by all the replaying I did of those scenes - and yes, I'm a straight girl and still can't get enough of DDL's passionate kisses) It's very touching because it's so natural and a complete non-issue. No one dies of AIDS, no one makes a big drama scene about coming out of the closet, no one demands attention and acceptance for being gay(though *of course* gay people should be accepted) the film just really goes out of its way to show there's *nothing* deviant or strange to homosexuality. You could even see it as a symbolic point, that it's the one thing Omar and Johnny share that does not fit into either of their cultural equations.
My two other favorite characters were Omar's father and Tanya. This Pakistani family reminded me of my family. I am not Pakistani but the issues are the same. The dad was very poignant in the way he wanted better for his son, how he couldn't let go of his upper class background and how he looked down on the Johnny's sort but was kind and wanted better for him too. He reminded me of my grandparents. And then there was Tanya. I loved how she sort of bonded with Johnny in their way. What a great performance she gave. This film has so many threads and nuances and Omar's character balances it all with so much grace, respecting his culture and keeping close to his family but being true to himself at the same time by staying involved with Johnny.
I *love* Daniel Day Lewis!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "My Beautiful Laundrette" Delivers the Goods June 20, 2003
Format:DVD
I've been waiting a very long time to be able to add Stephen Frears' wonderful, independent film "My Beautiful Laundrette" to my DVD collection. I'm overjoyed to once again view this well written, 'slice of life' comedy/drama. The movie casts a sharp and critical, socio-political, eye on Margret Thatcher's England of the 1980's.In the film we meet Omar (Gordon Warnecke) a young man, who is a poor relation to a wealthy Pakistani family, living in England.Omar's rather unscrupulous, Uncle (Saeed Jaffrey)decides to do him a favor and take him into the family business.He allows Omar to make a go of an old, broken down, laundrette, which is blithley described as a "toilet".At first Omar seems quiet, polite and attenative. But as the film goes on we find out, that he is quite a character. He isn't one to just push a broom around and watch the laundrette fail.He has big dreams for both the establishment and his financial future.Omar enlists the help of his white, working class, pal and gay lover, Johnny (brilliantly played by a young, Daniel Day-Lewis)to make the future happen now.Together the two craftily (and illegally) finance and fix up, what can only be described as the 'Disneyland' of Laundrettes.Director,Stephen Frear's movie humoursly presents Omar's speedy rise into the business world.But it is also rather melancholic in tone and touches on a variety of serious subjects, which includes everything from politics to race relations to economic policy. The cast of the movie is fantastic and the standouts include Saeed Jaffrey as Omar's amoral, Uncle Nasser and Roshan Seth as his socialist, alcholic father. Daniel Day-Lewis is superb in his star making, nuanced performance as a gay, working class, tough guy.The DVD remaster of the film is adequate, but has little in extras. It is a movie that is just begging for a director's commentary!"My Beautiful Laundrette" is a wonderfully entertaining film, which leaves the viewer with plenty to think about. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars i would use this laundrette as its swings
One of the years great movies that you can see over and over again and keep your mind and cloths spot on .you wont regret going to wash and look spot clean. Surfs Up jim
Published 1 month ago by jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Saw it many years ago and when I tried to order it from a video store in the area, they told me it was out of print and unavailable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JakeDog
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
This was a great film I have seen several times over the years, and whilst browsing on Amazon decided I'd like to add it to my collection. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Catriona A. Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes disjointed story line but entertaining nonetheless
Certainly depicts the general experience of south asians in London in the 70s well enough. I enjoyed the movie for the cross cultural and intra cultural issues of the era it... Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Khan
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved seeing this again after many years
I was really glad to find this because I remember loving it many years ago when it first came out, and I wanted my partner to experience it since he is younger. Read more
Published 8 months ago by ncdoglover61
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Love Story
Daniel Day-Lewis makes this film with his authentic portrayal of a gay man with a punk background who is trying to live without fighting. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Friends and Feathers
4.0 out of 5 stars Young Mr. Lewis...
The plot was unique and strange-giving a particular view of life in Thatchers England. Daniel Day Lewis is so young and sweet...if you are a fan, this is a must see:)
Published 15 months ago by struckbell
5.0 out of 5 stars A BEAUTIFUL FILM
It was so good to receive a perfect copy of this, to me, iconic film, of a younger Daniel Day Lewis
as a gay young man who was a rebel and became the lover and supporter of... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Arthur Homer
1.0 out of 5 stars didn't get it
and won't again. i could see where it was going and geez i wish I had stopped trying to get it.
Published 19 months ago by Valerie
5.0 out of 5 stars A reverse of status
Daniel Day-Lewis has always been considered a good actor and he maintains his status in this movie. He's gritty, tough and sensitive. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sun Goddess
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