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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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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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Kenny Baker: The comedian as a Brighton Busker. 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 »

Soundtracks

WHEN I FALL IN LOVE
By Victor Young and Edward Heyman
Used by permission of Chappell Music Limited
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
Original sound recording exclusive owned and controlled by Capitol Records Inc.
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Mona Lisa made me smile more then "Mona Lisa Smiles" which, ironically made me frown
1 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

George (Bob Hoskins) newly out after a stint in prison, agrees to chauffeur Simone (Cathy Tyson) "a tall, black, tart". At first they hate each other, but things can change. So when Simone asks George to find a friend of hers that she lost contact with, he dives into the sordid, underbelly of the sex/prostitution underworld. This film was an unexpected treat, knowing next to nothing about it, save for the fact that I admire Bob Hoskins, Micheal Caine, and Robbie Coltrane all. Cathy Tyson was merely ok in the film & sadly Coltrane is pretty much wasted as Thomas. But both Hoskins and Caine are superb. Sadly, in America at least, Bob Hoskins is known to the non-cinema masses as merely Eddie from "What ever happened to Roger Rabbit?" & "That guy from Hook". This is a shame, as he's an amazing actor

My Grade: A

Where i saw it: Sundance channel


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