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Mona Lisa (1986)

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George has just been released from prison, and manages to get a job driving a call girl from customer to customer. Initially they don't get on; he doesn't fit in with the high class customers Simone services. Will they ever get on?

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cathy Tyson ...
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Mortwell
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Thomas
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Anderson
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Cathy
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Jeannie (as Zoe Nathenson)
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May
Rod Bedall ...
Terry
Joe Brown ...
Dudley
Pauline Melville ...
George's Wife
Hossein Karimbeik ...
Raschid
John Darling ...
Hotel Security
Bryan Coleman ...
Gentleman in Mirror Room
Robert Dorning ...
Hotel Bedroom Man
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George, after getting out of prison, begins looking for a job, but his time in prison has reduced his stature in the criminal underworld. The only job he can find is to be a driver for Simone, a beautiful high-priced call girl, with whom he forms an at first grudging, and then real affection. Only Simone's playing a dangerous game, and when George agrees to help her, they both end up in a huge amount of trouble with Mortwell, the local kingpin. Written by Kathy Li

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She was a tart. He was an ex-con. And she was about to shatter his life forever. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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R | See all certifications »
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13 June 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Мона Лиза  »

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$5,794,184 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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The early scripting called for George to be a much older character and Sean Connery was suggested. Although Connery admired the work of Neil Jordan and wanted to work with him he disliked the role. See more »

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George stops and orders Simone to get out of the car but doubles back parks and apologizes. Exhaust fumes are clearly seen from the rear of the vehicle as he left it running. When they get back in, he changes gear and pulls off into traffic. On the soundtrack however you can hear the car ignition kicking in (as in the key turning) which is inaccurate as the car engine was already turned on. See more »

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[first lines]
Jeannie: [at her front door, to George] Yeah? Do you want mum?
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References Get Carter (1971) See more »

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Bimba dagli occhi pieni di malia
from "Madama Butterfly"
Written by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Renata Tebaldi and Carlo Bergonzi
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Melancholic Love Story
27 January 2015 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After serving seven years in prison, the smalltime criminal George (Bob Hoskins) is released. He seeks out his daughter but his ex-wife does not allow him to talk to her. His friend Thomas (Robbie Coltrane) meets George and gives his Jaguar that he kept for him. George is impressed with the changing in the neighborhood while Thomas explains the new reality. George is hired by his former boss Mortwell (Michael Caine) to work as the driver and bodyguard of the high-class call girl Simone (Cathy Tyson). In the beginning, George is misfit for the position and does not get along with Simone; but gradually he befriends and falls in unrequited love with her. Simone looks for someone on the streets of the King's Cross district (red light district of London in the 80's) and soon she asks George to help her to find the prostitute Cathy (Kate Hardie). George is involved with the underworld of prostitution and is chased by the dangerous pimp Anderson (Clarke Peters). When he finds Cathy, he discovers the connection of Simone to her.

"Mona Lisa" is a melancholic love story in an environment of low-lives and losers in the underworld of London. The beginning of this movie is a drama entwined with romance and ends a thriller. The good-hearted George is a needy small-time criminal, naive in many moments that falls in love with the prostitute Simone. Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson and Michael Caine have magnificent performances. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Mona Lisa"


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