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Thumbnail for My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

Basics Critics:75Viewers:64Rusty:76
Category: Drama, RomanceNotable as: Comedy-drama, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: romantic comedy, comedy-drama, drama film, LGBT-related filmNarrative location: LondonRuntime: 93 - 98 minutesColor: colorLanguage: English, UrduCountry: United Kingdom, EnglandFilming location: London, Battersea, Queenstown Road railway station, StockwellDirector: Stephen FrearsScreenwriter: Hanif KureishiMusic: Stanley MyersCinematography: Oliver StapletonStars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Gordon Warnecke, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Rita Wolf, Derrick Branche, Souad Faress, Shirley Anne Field, Winston Graham Producer: Tim Bevan, Sarah RadclyffeStudio: Working Title Films, Film4 ProductionsAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Hanif Kureishi)Award details: (details at IMDb)

My Beautiful Laundrette is a 1985 British comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi. The film was also one of the first films released by Working Title Films. The story is set in London during the contemporary Thatcher era, as reflected in the complex—and often comical—relationships between members of the Asian and White communities. The story focuses on Omar, a young Pakistani man living in London, and his reunion and eventual romance with his old friend, a street punk named Johnny. The two become the caretakers and business managers of a launderette originally owned by Omar's uncle Nasser. The plot addresses several polemical issues of the time, including homosexuality and racism, depicted within the social and economic climate of Thatcherism.

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