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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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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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13 June 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Мона Лиза  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$99,361 (USA) (15 June 1986)

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$5,794,184 (USA)
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The film was selected to screen in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986. There, Bob Hoskins won the Best Actor award in a tie with Michel Blanc in Ménage (1986). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeannie: [at her front door, to George] Yeah? Do you want mum?
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Referenced in I Liza kai oloi oi alloi (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

MONA LISA
By Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Used by permission of Famous Music Corporation
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
Original sound recording owned and controlled by Capitol Records Inc.
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Beautifully Done!!!! A Must See!!!
9 August 2005 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

MONA LISA (5 outta 5 stars) Every now and then I have to watch one of my favourite 5-star movies just to remember what a truly GREAT movie looks like. This is one of my all-time faves... with incredible, top-of-the-line performances from Bob Hoskins, Michael Caine (playing a scary bad guy) and Cathy Tyson. Hoskins plays George, just released from prison after taking the rap meant for his old boss, Mortwell (Caine). Mortwell knows he owes George something but doesn't really think that much of his criminal talents so he gets George a job driving one of his high-class prostitutes (Tyson) from job to job. Soon, George is smitten with this tough, gutsy lady-of-the-streets. Simone, sensing that George is a kind-hearted soul who will do anything for her, gets him to try and track down another young hooker friend of hers who has gone missing. George finds the young woman, incurring the wrath of Mortwell and setting himself him for an emotional upheaval at the film's climax. Masterfully done with great dialogue. The film manages to be funny, heartrending, violent and romantic... sometimes all in one scene.


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