''My Beautiful Laundrette'' is a past gem from Oscar nominee Daniel Day-Lewis
COSTARS Gordon Warnecke, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth
PREMISE Omar (Warnecke), a young Londoner of Pakistani descent, and his white lover, Johnny (Day-Lewis), turn Omar's uncle's laundrette (that's a laundromat to us Yanks) into a hip hotspot, confronting cultural and economic tensions not unlike those seen in ''Gangs of New York.''
FUN FACT ''Laundrette'' and ''A Room with a View'' (also starring Day-Lewis) were released in the U.S. on the same day in 1986, and viewers could scarcely believe that the peroxided punk of the former and the tweedy twit in the latter were the same guy.
WHY IT'S GREAT Besides being Day-Lewis' breakout role, ''Laundrette'' is a vibrant slice of the go-go '80s that seems almost wistfully quaint nowadays.