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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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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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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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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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The movie was adapted from "Doctor Slaughter", the first of two novellas by Paul Theroux comprised in his 1984 book "Half Moon Street". The second novella which was not part of this film was called "Doctor DeMarr". 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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Referenced in Superior Firepower: The Making of 'Aliens' (2003) See more »

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East 34th Street
Music by Dick Walter
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Average adaptation based on a successful novel with a young and enticing Sigourney Weaver
17 July 2005 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

The film talks about a young woman called Lauren Slaughter (Sigourney Weaver) who works as a lecturer and researcher at the Arab-Anglo Institute in London during day and sophisticated escort serving to VIPS by night at the Jasmine Escort Service . To supplement her income , she has a special client to British diplomatic (Michael Caine) who is acting as ambassador in the conflict amongst Jews and Palestines . He's trying to create an important peace treaty but the various confronted factions want to shatter the pacification project .

The plot isn't narrated with agility and seems to be a little forced and artificial . It's quite unsuccessful but there're pretty dialog and not much action with exception on the final reel that's fast movement and is funniest . The picture obtained lukewarm reception by the public in spite of the magnificent starring duo and was a flop and barely made monetary box office . Although technically well realized is mediocre and doesn't offer surprises . The motion picture is classified ¨R¨ as abounds the nudism in charge of Sigourney Weaver as an escort becomes a pawn in some very dark politics , violence when the murders happen , sexual themes and profanity . The support cast though unknown is very secondary , the film is mainly interpreted by two exceptional actors : Weaver and Caine . The movie was regularly directed by Bob Swaim . The film will appeal to excellent protagonist pair fans . Rating : Mediocre and entertaining .


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