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Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

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An illegal Nigerian immigrant discovers the unpalatable side of London life.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writer:

Steven Knight
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Okwe
Audrey Tautou ... Senay Gelik
Sergi López ... Sneaky / Juan
Sophie Okonedo ... Juliette
Benedict Wong ... Guo Yi
Zlatko Buric ... Ivan
Kriss Dosanjh Kriss Dosanjh ... Asian Businessman
Israel Oyelumade ... Mini Cab Driver (as Israel Aduramo)
Yemi Goodman Ajibade Yemi Goodman Ajibade ... Mini Cab Driver (as Ade-Yemi Ajibade)
Nizwar Karanj Nizwar Karanj ... Mini Cab Driver
Deobia Oparei ... Mini Cab Driver
Jeffery Kissoon ... Cab Controller
Kenan Hudaverdi Kenan Hudaverdi ... Cafe Owner
Damon Younger ... Punter
Paul Bhattacharjee ... Mohammed
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Storyline

Okwe is an illegal Nigerian immigrant leading a hard life and struggling to survive in London's underground. He works as a hotel receptionist in the night time and as he has a doctor degree he practices some medicine, during the day, in a very odd way. Besides that he must constantly escape from Immigration officers. One day Okwe discovers by chance an illegal scheme of surgeries is being lead by Juan, his boss in the hotel. Juan quickly comes up with a tempting proposal: if Okwe accepts to perform the illegal surgeries he makes a lot of money and gets legalized situation in the U.K. Can Okwe keep his moral values intact? Written by Weslley Gonçalves

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Some things are too dangerous to keep secret. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Somali | Spanish | French

Release Date:

9 October 2003 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Negocios entrañables See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£141,865 (United Kingdom), 15 December 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,512, 20 July 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,111,360, 16 February 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,550,000, 7 November 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Turkish immigrant Senay also has a poster of controversial Turkish director Yilmaz Güney in her temporary apartment. Güney produced many works of 'gritty realism' devoted to the plight of ordinary, working class people in Turkey. At odds with the typical state-sanctioned films and the then Turkish government, the director eventually fled the country and later lost his citizenship. See more »

Goofs

When Okwe and Senay are drinking wine, Senay lifts a full glass. In the next shot, the glass is 3/4 full. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Okwe: Do you want a car? Ten pounds, Theatreland. Car? London? You want a taxi? Buckingham Palace.
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Connections

References Goodfellas (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

"Baltic Hotel (Graveyard Shift 1)
Written and Produced by Nathan Larsen
Published by Miramax Film Music (BMI), Hot One Inc
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Fiction - but just up to a point
20 October 2003 | by Artemis-9See all my reviews

Please see this film. Than, if you had never crossed those sort of characters, please tell the oddities you found in it to some friend who may have been in social security, immigration department, or police services. You'll be surprised how many points in the films that you found to be unbelievable fiction are indeed documentary-like statements.

The film manages to entertain us, as well as confront us with the dark side of the society we're living in: hyper hypocrit, heartless, making false new goods (the paradise of New-York-style life) where the ancient gods failed, be it Jesus, or Mohamed. These two gods make an odd couple (mentioned in the dialogue by another odd couple in the movie, the virgin and the whore), but they are not alone: the Penguin paperback edition of Robert Graves' The Greek Myths, is there to remind us of similar paradises lost.

Robert Frears was already a respected name in movies; now he grew to Oscar status. This film is mandatory viewing by anyone who cares about humanity, and one's place in it. For palefaces, redskins, blacks, brown, yellow and blue-skins - for we are all hostages of "the Baltic Hotel"...


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