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Plot, Details & Awards

Dirty Pretty Things

Rated R for sexual content, disturbing images and language.

R In Theaters 07/18/2003 , 94min.
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Plot & Details

Director Stephen Frears returns to the grittier themes of his earlier films for the urban thriller Dirty Pretty Things. Residing in London, the medically trained Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a Nigerian immigrant working as a taxi driver and a hotel concierge, but he still lives on the edge of poverty. He shares a room with Senay (Amélie's Audrey Tautou making her English-language debut), a Turkish refugee who works as a maid at the hotel. As illegal immigrants, Okwe and Senay live in fear of being deported. One night, working at the front desk, Okwe receives a call from prostitute Juliette (Sophie Okonedo) to check a broken toilet, where he makes a horrifying discovery. He reports it to the manager Sneaky (Sergi Lopez), who blackmails Okwe into staying quiet about it. Okwe soon discovers the presence of a shady business operation that sends him into the seedy London underworld. Senay becomes lured in with hopes of being able to fund her escape to America. Dirty Pretty Things marks the screenwriting debut of Steve Knight, co-creator of the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Steve Knight Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer Chiwetel Ejiofor Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Screenplay (Runner-up) Steve Knight Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award Won
2003 National Board of Review Special Recognition for Excellence in Filmmaking Won

Writers Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Writers Guild of America Best Original Screenplay Steve Knight Nominated

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