Dirty Pretty Things

Synopsis: 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?
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Stephen Frears
Production: Miramax Films
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 26 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

You still driving cabs|in the day?

You're going to kill yourself.

I do not care to sleep.

When you go quiet,|it means you've won already.

Go on, Okwe. Don't be nice.

It makes it worse.

Well, shit.

You want Chinese|or English tea?


Don't know|how you drink that stuff.

I found it on a body. It's|blown my head wide open.

You should read it.

Medicine for your soul, Okwe,

Guo Yi,|today I also found something.

In a lavatory,

in one of the hotel rooms.|Someone's heart.

A heart. A human heart.

I'm only telling you|because you are a rational man.

Maybe there's an explanation.

Maybe some guy with one of|the girls had a heart attack.

Rooms are down as empty,

so the Spanish guy|had to get rid of the body.

- Hotels hate dead people.|- It was a healthy heart.

So your boss was right.|Somebody brought it with them.

- Who carries human organs?|- Lots of people.

- Name someone.|- Me, OK? Me.

I do it all the time.

I take my work home.

What I'm saying is, I could,|if I was weird.

And this is a weird city.

Why would anyone do that|to a human heart?

These sound to me|like questions.

I don't ask questions|after eleven years here,

and I'm a certified refugee.

You're an illegal, Okwe.|You don't have a position here.

You have nothing.|You are nothing.

You wait outside.|I'll go get you those pills.

Stick to helping people|who can be helped.

Fresh stuff.

Thank you.

Having only one key|is making this impossible.

I do not want you coming in|when I am there.

At the hotel we are friends.|I am no different here.

How would it look, Okwe?

So it is better I always|chase you down the street?

Wait five minutes,|then knock the door.

Knock very, very quietly.


Did you clean on the fifth|floor yesterday morning?

Nothing works!

Senay, did you clean room 510|yesterday?

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Steven Knight

Steven Knight was born in 1959 in Marlborough, England. He is a writer and producer, known for Eastern Promises (2007), Peaky Blinders (2013) and Locke (2013). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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