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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 ...
Mini Cab Driver (as Ade-Yemi Ajibade)
Nizwar Karanj ...
Mini Cab Driver
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Cab Controller
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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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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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£141,865 (UK) (13 December 2002)

Gross:

$8,111,360 (USA) (13 February 2004)
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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 »

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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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"Baltic Hotel (Graveyard Shift 1)
Written and Produced by Nathan Larsen
Published by Miramax Film Music (BMI), Hot One Inc
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An Urban Legend About the Socially Excluded Immigrants in London
15 September 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In London, the Nigerian illegal immigrant and former doctor Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor) works as cab driver along the day and in the front desk of a hotel managed by Juan 'Sneaky' (Sergi López) in the graveyard shift. He shares a couch in the small flat of the Turkish illegal immigrant Senay (Audrey Tautou), who also works in the hotel as maiden. One night, the Londoner prostitute Juliette (Sophie Okonedo) asks Okwe to fix the toilet of room 510, where she 'works', and he finds a human heart obstructing it. Okwe's further investigation discloses an invisible world of traffic of human organs of illegal immigrants in London. This excellent movie has a great screenplay about the urban legend of traffic of organs of the socially excluded immigrants in London. Just as a comparison, in Brazil, thousands of children of the lower classes vanish every year. The urban legend tells that they were adopted overseas or were used in the illegal traffic of human organs, but these stories are only rumor in Internet. Therefore, this theme in an excellent script is very attractive. Stephen Frears is one of the greatest directors of the cinema history and his movies are synonym of quality. The great surprise for me was the international cast, leaded by the unknown Chiwetel Ejiofor, followed by the excellent Audrey 'Amélie Poulain' Tautou and Sergi 'Harry' López , and the also unknown Sophie Okonedo, all of them with excellent performances. 'Dirty Pretty Things' is a highly recommended film. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): 'Coisas Belas e Sujas' (Pretty and Dirty Things')


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