My Beautiful Laundrette

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MGM Released 1986

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Director:
Stephen Frears
Released:
1986
Rating:
R
Two London youths, one a Pakastani, the other a white ounk, meet after several years apart. Together they accept a business proposition from the Pakistani's uncle to open a laundromat. They re-vamp it into a video and neon palace rivaling some of the New York clubs. These friends also become lovers, learning about class, sex and life.

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  • 88

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    Frears uses the story of one relationship, intimate but exploitive, to mirror England's racial strife. By turns tender and angry, it's a film of distinctive, commanding voice. [28 ...

  • 88

    Slant Magazine Eric Henderson

    My Beautiful Laundrette is still fresh and remains a model case for creating moving, liberating cinema from an oppressive environment. It's every bit the landmark gay film it deser...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A movie like this lives or dies with its performances, and the actors in My Beautiful Laundrette are a fascinating group of unknowns.

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