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Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

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

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Sneaky / Juan
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Guo Yi
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Ivan
Kriss Dosanjh ...
Asian Businessman
Israel Oyelumade ...
Mini Cab Driver (as Israel Aduramo)
Yemi Goodman Ajibade ...
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Nizwar Karanj ...
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Kenan Hudaverdi ...
Cafe Owner
Damon Younger ...
Punter
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Mohammed
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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 »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for sexual content, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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5 September 2003 (USA)  »

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Negocios entrañables  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£141,865 (UK) (15 December 2002)

Gross:

$8,111,360 (USA) (16 February 2004)
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When Senay goes to an abandoned place to seek for a new job, a poster of controversial Turkish director Yilmaz Güney, is on the wall. 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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Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2013 (2013) See more »

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This Man Is A Doctor
Written and Produced by Nathan Larsen
Published by Miramax Film Music (BMI), Hot One Inc
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Subtle
29 November 2004 | by (NY,NY) – See all my reviews

Who on earth wrote the last commentary?

While I might agree that the movie appears 'preachy' compared with typical Hollywood crap which is incapable of analysis, this movie portrays non-Americans in a non-American world. It is subtle, entertaining, excels with its dark humor, and is an accurate portrayal of what immigrants suffer - not only in London, but around the globe.

What on earth prompted the terrorist comment also? Sheesh.

I suggest that this movie deserves deeper reflection, is not preachy like a Michael Moore, and goes about its business subtly and intelligently. A pleasure to watch.


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