My Beautiful Laundrette

My Beautiful Laundrette

Daniel Day-Lewis
Director: Stephen Frears Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
, Gordon Warnecke
Gordon Warnecke
, Saeed Jaffrey
Saeed Jaffrey
Stephen Frears

Blu-ray (Color)

View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for delivery by Thursday, April 22


After the death of his wife and his subsequent descent into alcoholic near-agoraphobia, a crotchety Pakistani intellectual convinces his shady entrepreneur brother to provide work for his son in this multi-layered portrait of the immigrant experience in Great Britain. Young Londoner Omar (Gordon Warnecke) isn't sure what he wants out of life, but his uncle Nasser (Saeed Jaffrey) provides a corrupt, capitalist role model as Omar graduates from washing cars for the old crook to running his run-down laundromat. After a chance meeting with Johnny (Daniel Day-Lewis), an old school chum whose flirtation with fascism deeply wounded Omar's principled Papa (Roshan Seth), Omar hires the young thug to work for him. Soon, the pair begin a romantic relationship that remains as under wraps as the illicit drug-running and enforcement work they perform for Nasser's associate, Salim (Derrick Branche). On the domestic front, Omar must balance his knowledge of Nasser's long-running affair with posh Brit Rachel (Shirley Ann Field) with his own loyalty and attraction to Nasser's westernized daughter, Tania (Rita Wolf). After successfully transforming his laundrette into a vision of resplendent pastel suds and providing a bright spot in his otherwise squalid London neighborhood, Omar seems to have a bright future in Nasser's organization. The spectre of Johnny's past, however, combines with Omar's conflicted immigrant loyalties to threaten the sense of identity the young man has managed to stake out for himself. British-born, half-Pakistani playwright and novelist Hanif Kureishi won an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for My Beautiful Laundrette, which was originally filmed for BBC television. Kureishi collaborated again with director Stephen Frears on Sammy and Rosie Get Laid.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/21/2015
UPC: 0715515151719
Original Release: 1985
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Color]
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 14,845

Special Features

New conversation between director Stephen Frears and producer Colin MacCabe; New interviews with writer Hanif Kureeishi, producers Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe, and Stapleton; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Day-Lewis Johnny
Gordon Warnecke Omar
Saeed Jaffrey Nasser
Roshan Seth Papa
Shirley Ann Field Rachel
Derrick Branche Salim
Rita Wolf Tania
Dawn Archibald Gang Member
Bhasker Tariq
Colin Campbell Madame Butterfly Man
Sheila Chitnis Zaki's Wife
Neil Cunningham Englishman
Ayub Khan Din Student
Walter Donahue dick O'donnell
Souad Faress Cherry, Salim's Wife
Ram John Holder Poet
Gerard Horan Telephone Man
Nisha Kapur Nasser's Younger Daughter
Dulice Leicier Girl in Disco
Stephen Marcus Moose
Persis Marvala Nasser's Elder Daughter
Chris Pitt Kid
Sira Gurdial/Zaki
Buddy Uzzaman Dealer
Kerryann White Kid
Jonathan Moore Gang Member
Charu Bala Chokshi Bilquis, Nasser's Wife
Garry Cooper Squatter
Richard Graham Genghis
Winston Graham Jamaican
Persis Khambatta Actor
Dudley Thomas Jamaican

Technical Credits
Stephen Frears Director
Mick Audsley Editor
Tim Bevan Producer
Elaine Carew Makeup
Jim Dowdall Stunts
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
Hanif Kureishi Screenwriter
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski Production Designer
Stanley Myers Score Composer
Nosher Powell Stunts
Sarah Radclyffe Producer
Oliver Stapleton Cinematographer
Rocky Taylor Stunts
Tip Tipping Stunts
Ludus Tonalis Score Composer
Bill Weston Stunts
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

Customer Reviews