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Mona Lisa (1986)

A man recently released from prison manages to get a job driving a call girl from customer to customer.

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

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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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Storyline

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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Trivia

Sir Anthony Hopkins was offered to play Mortwell, but turned it down, because he was not right for the part. In 2007, while on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), he mentioned, that he told Neil Jordan to hire Michael Caine, because he would be the perfect choice for the role. See more »

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When George and Thomas talk about nuns in disguise, George's cup changes hands between shots. See more »

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[first lines]
Jeannie: [at her front door, to George] Yeah? Do you want mum?
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Connections

Referenced in I Liza kai oloi oi alloi (2003) See more »

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IN TOO DEEP
Words and Music by Genesis
©1986 Anthony Banks Ltd / Philip Collins Ltd / Mike Rutherford Ltd / Hit & Run (Publishing) Ltd
Genesis by kind permission of Virgin and Atlantic Records
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True grit and grime
7 December 1998 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This film is one of the best to have come out of Britain in the 1980's. Produced by Handmade Films, George Harrison's company, the film won several BAFTA awards and deservedly so. The film deals with an ex-con named George, played by Bob Hoskins who gives a fantastic performance, who is given a job by his old boss, Mortwell, as played by Michael Cain (another fantastic performance). George is now the chauffeur for a high-class prostitute and the story revolves around her educating him on the finer cuts of life with the result of him falling in love with her. It's a powerful film, showing the gritty side of the London underworld and it cannot go wrong with two of the best ever performances from the masters - Bob Hoskins and Michael Caine. These two men know how to play these roles. A true lesson for any actor.


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