My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
6.9/ 10 (7299 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Channel Four Films [gb]
SAF Productions [gb]
Working Title Films [gb]

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(Canada) - 7 September 1985
(UK) - 16 November 1985
(USA) - 7 March 1986
(USA) - April 1986
(Argentina) - 19 June 1986

Running Time


adultery, aquarium, arranged-marriage, bare-chested-male, beating, bicultural, bigotry, boyfriend-boyfriend-relationship, brawl, breaking-window, business, closeted-homosexual, clothes-dryer, cousin-cousin-relationship, cross-cultural-friendship, dancing, drug-courier, drug-dealer, england, eviction, extramarital-affair, father-son-relationship, friendship, gay-interest, gay-kiss,

Technical Support
MET:2665 m - (Sweden)
OFM:16 mm
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm - (blow-up)
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.66 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Branche, Derrick as [Salim N. Ali] <5>
  2. Campbell, Colin (XI) as [Madame Butterfly Man] <23>
  3. Cooper, Garry (I) as [Squatter] <12>
  4. Cunningham, Neil (I) as [Englishman] <14>
  5. Day-Lewis, Daniel as (as Daniel Day Lewis) [Johnny] <3>
  6. Donohue, Walter as [Dick O'Donnell] <15>
  7. Graham, Richard (I) as [Genghis] <9>
  8. Graham, Winston (II) as [Jamaican One] <10>
  9. Holder, Ram John as [Poet] <22>
  10. Horan, Gerard as [Telephone Man] <21>
  11. Jaffrey, Saeed as [Nasser Ali] <1>
  12. Khan-Din, Ayub as [Student] <18>
  13. Marcus, Stephen as [Moose] <16>
  14. Moore, Jonathan (IX) as [Gang Member Two] <21>
  15. Patel, Bhasker as [Tariq] <24>
  16. Pitt, Chris as [Kid One] <19>
  17. Seth, Roshan as [Hussein Ali] <2>
  18. Sira, Gurdial as [Zaki] <18>
  19. Thomas, Dudley as [Jamaican Two] <11>
  20. Uzzaman, Badi as [Dealer] <17>
  21. Warnecke, Gordon as [Omar Ali] <4>
  22. Archibald, Dawn as [Gang Member One] <20>
  23. Chitnis, Sheila as [Zaki's Wife] <31>
  24. Chokshi, Charu Bala as (as Charu Bala Choksi) [Bilquis] <11>
  25. Faress, Souad (I) as [Cherry N. Ali] <8>
  26. Field, Shirley Anne as [Rachel] <10>
  27. Kapur, Nisha as [Nasser's Younger Daughter] <15>
  28. Khambatta, Persis as (uncredited)
  29. Liecier, Dulice as (as Dulice Leicier) [Girl in Disco] <26>
  30. Maravala, Persis as [Nasser's Elder Daughter] <14>
  31. White, Kerryann as [Kid Two] <20>
  32. Wolf, Rita as [Tania N. Ali] <7>


  1. Comedy
  2. Drama
  3. Romance

Full Plot

Much of the Pakistani Hussein family has settled in London, striving for the riches promised by Thatcherism. Nasser and his right hand man, Salim, have a number of small businesses and they do whatever they need to make money, even if the activities are illegal. As such, Nasser and his immediate family live more than a comfortable lifestyle, and he flaunts his riches whenever he can. Meanwhile, his brother, alcoholic Ali, once a famous journalist in Pakistan, lives in a seedy flat with his son, Omar. Ali's life in London is not as lucrative in part because of his left leaning politics, which does not mesh with the ideals of Thatcherism. To help his brother, Nasser gives Omar a job doing menial labor. But Omar, with bigger plans, talks Nasser into letting him manage Nasser's run down laundrette. Omar seizes what he sees as an opportunity to make the laundrette a success, and employs an old friend, Johnny - who has been most recently running around with a gang of white punks - to help him. Johnny and Omar have a special relationship, but one that has gone through its ups and downs, the downs fostered by anti-immigration sentiments of white England. Omar and Johnny each have to evaluate if their ideals of success are worth it at all cost. Huggo An Immigrant from Karachi, Pakistan, Nasser Hussein lives a fairly wealthy lifestyle in London, England, along with his wife Bilquis and three daughters, one of whose name is Tania. He owns and operates two businesses with his friend Salim; namely a garage, and 'Churchill's Laundrette'. When his widower and alcoholic brother asks him to hire his son, Omar, Nasser meets with him and initially asks him to wash cars. Subsequently he takes him to the laundrette and asks him to mop it's floors, but decides to let Omar manage it, and hopes to wed him with Tania. Nasser does not realize that soon the laundrette will have a new look and name 'Powders', and the lives of the Husseins will also never be the same again. rAjOo ( My Beautiful Laundrette is set within the Asian community in South London during the Thatcher years, and displays those values of money but 'anybody can make it.' Omar gains the running of his uncle Nasser's laundrette. He is helped by his friend Johnny who is an outsider, white but not entirely accepted by either the white or Asian Londoners. There are many memorable characters: Tania, Omar's cousin whom he might marry. Salim the manager of Nasser's garage and sometime drug importer. Rachel, Nasser's white mistress, who like Johnny seems to be another outsider. Matthew Stanfield Plot not found

Total Business

BT: GBP 650,000 CP: Channel Four 1985 GR: USD 2,451,545 (USA) SD: February 1985 - April 1985

Movie Certificate

18 (Argentina)
16 (Iceland)
M (Australia)
M/16 (Portugal)
M (New Zealand)
K-16 (Finland)
U (France)
18 (South Korea)
15 (Sweden)
15 (UK)
16 (West Germany)

Music Composers

  1. Tonalis, Ludus


  1. Stapleton, Oliver

Dress Designers

  1. Hemming, Lindy


Angel Films [dk] - (2008-) (Denmark) (DVD)
Angel Films [dk] - (2008-) (Finland) (DVD)
Angel Films [dk] - (2008-) (Iceland) (DVD)
Angel Films [dk] - (2008-) (Norway) (DVD)
Angel Films [dk] - (2008-) (Sweden) (DVD)
Cineplex-Odeon Home Video [ca] - (1986) (Canada) (VHS)
Homescreen [nl] - (2006) (Netherlands) (DVD)
Karl-Lorimar Home Video (KLV-TV) [us] - (1986) (USA) (VHS)
Kinowelt Home Entertainment [de] - (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
MCA Home Video [us] - (1986) (Canada) (VHS)
MGM Home Entertainment [us] - (2003) (USA) (DVD)
Mainline Pictures [gb] - (1985) (UK)
Mundial Filmes [br] - (Brazil) (video)
Orion Classics [us] - (1986) (USA)
Transeuropa Video Entertainment (TVE) [ar] - (1986) (Argentina) (VHS)
Video Collection International [gb] - (1999) (UK) (VHS)
Virgin Video - (1986) (UK) (VHS)

Film Editors

  1. Audsley, Mick


  1. Bailey, Ronald (I) (national film school attachment)
  2. Brown, Jo (I) (national film school attachment)
  3. Bruce, Chris (I) (unit runner) (was: Bruce, Chris 20030812)
  4. Chowdray, Abdul (national film school attachment)
  5. Craster, Bill (production accountant)
  6. De Silva, Anuree (national film school attachment)
  7. Dennison, Tim (additional floor runner: dailies)
  8. Eyles, Penny (continuity)
  9. Garwood, Sam (production runner)
  10. Marmion, Graime (assistant production accountant)
  11. McGrigor, Charlie (unit runner)
  12. O'Brien, Rebecca (I) (location manager)
  13. O'Brien, Sarah (I) (production assistant)
  14. Young, Andrew (III) (projectionist)


Nasser: I thought you two were getting married. Omar: Yes, any day now. Tania: I'd rather drink my own urine. Omar: I hear it can be quite tasty with a slice of lemon. Papa: You must be getting married. Why else would you be dressed like an undertaker on holiday? Omar: Going to Uncle's house, Papa. He's given me a car. Papa: What? The brakes must be faulty. Tell me one thing because there's something I don't understand, though it must be my fault. How is it that scrubbing cars can make a son of mine look so ecstatic? Omar: It gets me out of the house. Papa: Don't get too involved with that crook. You've got to study. We are under siege by the white man. For us education is power. [Omar shakes his head at his father] Don't let me down. Johnny: [driving Cherry and Salim home, Omar stops by a bunch of street kids, one of whom is Johnny. Omar gets out of the car to talk to Johnny] [indicating his friends] Like me friends? Omar: Ring us then. Johnny: I will. [indicates the car where Cherry is getting very angry] Leave 'em there. We can do something. Now. Just us. Omar: I'm being promoted. To Uncle's laundrette. Papa: [throwing a pair of socks to Omar] Illustrate your washing methods! Johnny: [Omar is showing Johnny round the laundrette] I'm dead impressed by all this. Omar: You were the one at school. The one they liked. Johnny: [sarcastically] All the Pakis liked me. Nasser: [Nasser bursts into the room where Johnny and Omar made love just moments before] What the hell are you doing? Sunbathing? Omar: Asleep, Uncle. We were shagged out. Salim: I want to talk to Omar about business. Johnny: I dunno where he is. Salim: Is it worth waiting? Johnny: In my experience it's always worth waiting for Omar. Johnny: Fuck me! What's she doing with that mouse? Nasser: [whilst having sex with his lover] Christ, you move like a liner. Nasser: Yes... But first we must marry Omar off. [Cut to Omar and Johnny making love in the back room] Johnny: Ain't nothing I can say to make it up to you. There's only things I can do to show you... That I am with you. Nasser: [to Omar] Nothing but a toilet and a youth club. A constant boil on my bum. Papa: [to Omar] Work now till you go back to college. And I'm fixing you up with a job with your uncle. Nasser: [to Omar] You need to know how to squeeze the tits of the system. Nasser: [to Omar] Okay, I charge you basic rent. The key you keep. Papa: [on the phone] Oh, one thing more, try to fix him up with a nice girl. I'm not sure his penis is in full working order. Johnny: [to Omar] A laundrette as big as the Ritz. Oh yes. Nasser: What are you doing boy? Omar: It will be going into profit any day now. Partly because I hired a bloke of astounding competence and strength of body and mind. Gang Member: Why are you working for these people? Pakis. Johnny: It's work that's why. Nasser: Where are those two buggers? Papa: [to Omar] I don't want my son in this underpants cleaning condition. [first lines] Johnny: We're moving house. [last lines] Johnny: Don't you be touching me! Omar: What are you going to do with me? Nasser: What am I going to do with you? Turn you into something damn good. Nasser: [to Omar] On the other hand a little water on the brain might clear your thoughts. Salim: [to Omar] You're one of us now Omar. Nasser: What bloke? Omar: He's called Johnny. Nasser: [to Johnny] I'm a professional businessman not a professional Pakistani. And there is no question of race in the new enterprise culture. Johnny: Today has been the best day. Omar: Yeah, almost the best day. Nasser: [to Omar] Bring Tania over here. Marry her. Well, what's wrong with her? When I say marry her, you damn well do it. Be nice to her, pressure off my fucking head. Your penis works doesn't it? Get going! Omar: It took you a while to get onto us. Salim: Wanted to see what you'd do. How's your Papa? So many books written and read. Politicians sought him out. Bhutto was his close friend. But we're nothing in England without money. Papa: This damn country has done us in. That's why I'm like this. We should be there. Home. Nasser: But that country's been sodomised by religion. It's beginning to interfere with the making of money. Compared with everywhere... it's a little heaven, here.

Other Titles

  1. Mein wunderbarer Waschsalon (1986) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. 245 Queenstown Road, Battersea, London, England, UK - (papa's flat)
  2. Battersea, London, England, UK
  3. Lambeth, London, England, UK
  4. London, England, UK
  5. Low Gear - 11 Wilcox Road, South Lambeth, Lambeth, London, England, UK - (as Powders laundrette)
  6. News Point - 169-171 Wandsworth Road, Stockwell, London, England, UK - (newsagent)
  7. Queenstown Road Station, Battersea, London, England, UK - (Tania's disappearance)
  8. South Lambeth, Lambeth, London, England, UK
  9. Stewart's Road, Battersea, London, England, UK - (scenes under railway bridge with fascists)
  10. Stewarts Road, Wandsworth, London, England, UK - (attack on Warnecke)
  11. Stockwell, London, England, UK
  12. Wandsworth, London, England, UK


- _My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)_ (qv) and _A Room with a View (1985)_ (qv) both opened in New York on the same day, March 7, 1986. Both movies featured 'Daniel Day-Lewis' (qv) in prominent and very different roles: in A Room with a View, he played a repressed, snobbish Edwardian upperclassman, while in Laundrette, he played a lower-class gay ex-skinhead in love with an ambitious Pakistani businessman in Thatcher's London. When American critics saw Day-Lewis, who was then virtually unknown in the US, in two such different roles on the same day, many (including 'Roger Ebert' (qv) of The Chicago Sun-Times and Vincent Canby of The New York Times) raved about the talent it must have taken him to play such vastly different characters.

- Johnny's comment "The Laundrette as big as the Ritz ..." references the novella, 'The Diamond as Big as the Ritz' by 'F. Scott Fitzgerald' (qv)

- Referenced in the song 'Mr. Malcontent' by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions.