My Beautiful Laundrette
Director: Stephen Frears Run Time: 98 min. Format: 35mm Film Release Year: 1985
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Gordon Warnecke, Roshan Seth, Saeed Jaffrey, Shirley Anne Field
Omar (Warnecke) is a second-generation British Pakistani who is trying to find his way in the world. He finds his niche when he is given the job of revitalizing his uncle’s dilapidated laundromat with dreams of turning it into a real destination filled with neon and pop music. Along the way he reconnects with an old school friend (Day-Lewis) who has fallen in with a gang of neo-Nazi skinheads but still harbors feelings for Omar. As the two rekindle their romance, family drama plays out around them. When this film and A Room with a View both opened in New York City on the same day, the acting legend of Daniel Day-Lewis was born.
“While Personal Best and Making Love have faded into obscurity as The Celluloid Closet footnotes, My Beautiful Laundrette has become a benchmark in the 80s new queer cinema.” – Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
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