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Half Moon Street (1986)

Dr. Slaughter, a researcher in London who works as a high class hooker in her spare time, becomes a pawn in a dangerous political game, when her latest john Lord Bulbeck, who's negotiating an Arab-Israeli peace treaty, falls for her.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lauren Slaughter
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Lord Bulbeck
Patrick Kavanagh ...
General Sir George Newhouse
Faith Kent ...
Lady Newhouse
Ram John Holder ...
Lindsay Walker
Keith Buckley ...
Hugo Van Arkady
Ann Hanson ...
Mrs. Van Arkady
Patrick Newman ...
Julian Shuttle
Niall O'Brien ...
Captain Twilley
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Karim Hatami
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Sonny
Muriel Villiers ...
Madame Cybele
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Tom Haldane
Ninka Scott ...
Mrs. Haldane
Jasper Jacob ...
Rex Lanham
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Storyline

Dr. Lauren Slaughter, a research fellow at the Arab-Anglo Institute in London is utterly frustrated by her job. To supplement her income, she starts moonlighting at the Jasmine Escort Service, where she has more control over men and money than she does at the office. On one of her 'dates', Lauren meets the politician Lord Bulbeck who is trying to mediate a peace accord between the Arabs and Israelis. Bulbeck falls in love with his escort, and unwittingly, Lauren becomes a pawn in some very dirty politics. Written by Thorsten Roskowetz <itroskow@mordor.informatik.uni-osnabrueck.de>

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Dr. Lauren Slaughter, professor, emissary, hooker, target.

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Thriller | Drama

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Release Date:

26 September 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diplomás örömlány  »

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$1,131,399 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Theroux's personal website summarizes the film's source 1984 "Half Moon Street" book of which this film is an adaptation of the first novella called "Doctor Slaughter": "Two brilliant short novels on the theme of a double life. Although they are worlds apart in scene and character, both are full of a kind of eerie menace that lies just beneath the outward events". See more »

Goofs

When the would-be assassin enters the bathroom he attempts to switch on the light using a 4-gang wall-switch. It is illegal (in the UK) to have such switches inside a bathroom. If wall-switches are used, they must be outside. The alternative is to use cord-operated ceiling-switches. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Lauren Slaughter: Am I supposed to say "Your place or mine?"
Karim Hatami: No. These days, you say "Betamax or VHS?"
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Connections

References Kiss Me Deadly (1955) See more »

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East 34th Street
Music by Dick Walter
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Surprisingly enjoyable
20 March 2015 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

The premiss may be a bit far-fetched but this screen version of Paul Theroux's novel "Doctor Slaughter" is surprisingly robust and very enjoyable. Sigourney Weaver is the underpaid American working for the Middle East Institute in London who decides to supplement her income by working for an escort agency. However, things get murky when one of her clients turns out to be Michael Caine's diplomat charged with brokering an Israeli/Arab peace deal. Has Sigourney been set up and if so, by whom? It's hardly believable, of course, but the director, Bob Swaim, ensures it moves at a fair clip though he does play down the thriller aspect to beef up the love story that develops between Caine and Weaver. He also keeps you guessing as to who is doing what to whom. It wasn't a success but it's also a lot better than its critical reputation might suggest.


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