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Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

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

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Ivan
Kriss Dosanjh ...
Asian Businessman
Israel Oyelumade ...
Mini Cab Driver (as Israel Aduramo)
Yemi Goodman Ajibade ...
Mini Cab Driver (as Ade-Yemi Ajibade)
Nizwar Karanj ...
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Cab Controller
Kenan Hudaverdi ...
Cafe Owner
Damon Younger ...
Punter
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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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Every dream has its price. 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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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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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

Guo Yi says the mythological figure who ferries the dead to Hades is Pylades; in fact the ferryman's name is Charon. Pylades is the companion of Orestes. 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

Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) 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 See 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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