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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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Jeannie (as Zoe Nathenson)
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May
Rod Bedall ...
Terry
Joe Brown ...
Dudley
Pauline Melville ...
George's Wife
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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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Crime | Drama | Romance

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13 June 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Мона Лиза  »

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

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$5,794,184 (USA)
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At one point HandMade Films producer Denis O'Brien suggested Grace Jones for the role of Simone after seeing her on the poster for the Bond movie A View to a Kill (1985). 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 »

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[first lines]
Jeannie: [at her front door, to George] Yeah? Do you want mum?
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Features They Live by Night (1948) 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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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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