British Comedy Guide

My Beautiful Laundrette. Image shows from L to R: Johnny (Daniel Day Lewis), Omar (Gordon Warnecke). Copyright: Film4.

My Beautiful Laundrette

1985 British comedy film about race, love and class. Stars Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day Lewis, Gordon Warnecke, Derrick Branche and others.

My Beautiful Laundrette. Image shows from L to R: Omar (Gordon Warnecke), Johnny (Daniel Day Lewis). Copyright: Film4.

My Beautiful Laundrette

Comic drama about a young British-Pakistani attempting to turn around a laundrette business

Genre
Film
Released
1985
Starring
Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day Lewis, Gordon Warnecke, Derrick Branche, Shirley Anne Field, Richard Graham, Winston Graham and others
Writer
Hanif Kureishi
Director
Stephen Frears
Producers
Sarah Radclyffe and Tim Bevan

Second generation Brit Omar takes over the running of his wheeler-dealer uncle's decrepit London laundrette with the intention of making his way in the world by turning it into a glittering palace of commercial success.

A chance encounter brings him back into contact with a childhood friend, Johnny, now part of a violent, delinquent street gang and former member of the National Front. As unlikely as it seems and much to the disgust of Johnny's current group of friends, the two revive their friendship and begin a thorough overhaul of the business.

Soon the pair have become lovers as well as working partners. However, complications soon ensue as the anger of Johnny's deserted gang begins to build and Omar is forced to face a variety of increasingly difficult family issues, not least his constantly drunken father.

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