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Mona Lisa -- Open-ended Trailer from Anchor Bay Entertainment
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Director:
Writers:
Neil Jordan (screenplay) and
David Leland (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 June 1986 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Sometimes love is a strange and wicked game. See more »
Plot:
George, after getting out of prison, begins looking for a job, but his time in prison has reduced his stature in the criminal underworld... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 15 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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(2 articles)
Image licenses Handmade Films
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 16 March 2010, 3:00 PM, PDT)

Spacey and Hoskins Amaze on Soundtrack
 (From WENN. 8 October 2003)

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Touching and Hard Hitting. See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bob Hoskins ... George
Cathy Tyson ... Simone

Michael Caine ... Mortwell

Robbie Coltrane ... Thomas

Clarke Peters ... Anderson

Kate Hardie ... Cathy

Zoë Nathenson ... Jeannie (as Zoe Nathenson)

Sammi Davis ... 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

Raad Rawi ... Arab Servant (as Raad Raawi)
David Halliwell ... Tim Devlin
Stephen Persaud ... Black Youth in Street
Maggie O'Neill ... Girl in Paradise Club
Gary Cady ... Hotel Waiter
Donna Cannon ... Young Prostitute
Perry Fenwick ... Pimp
Dawn Archibald ... Wig Girl in Club

Richard Strange ... Pornshop Man
Alan Talbot ... Bath House Attendant
Geoffrey Larder ... Hotel Clerk
Helen Martin ... Peep Show Girl

Kenny Baker ... Brighton Busker

Jack Purvis ... Brighton Busker
Bill Moore ... Brighton Busker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Ashton ... Man (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Plainclothes Cop (uncredited)
Jeremy Hardy ... Shop Assistant (uncredited)

Derek Lyons ... Pinball Player (uncredited)
Zoot Money ... Carpenter (uncredited)
Mandy Winch ... Flower Shop Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
Neil Jordan 
 
Writing credits
Neil Jordan (screenplay) and
David Leland (screenplay)

Produced by
Chris Brown .... co-producer
Patrick Cassavetti .... producer
Ray Cooper .... co-producer
George Harrison .... executive producer
Denis O'Brien .... executive producer
Nik Powell .... co-producer
Stephen Woolley .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Kamen 
 
Cinematography by
Roger Pratt 
 
Film Editing by
Lesley Walker 
 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
 
Production Design by
Jamie Leonard 
 
Art Direction by
Gemma Jackson 
 
Costume Design by
Louise Frogley 
 
Makeup Department
Lois Burwell .... makeup artist
Nick Dudman .... additional makeup artist
Stevie Hall .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Linda Bruce .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Aherne .... third assistant director
Chris Brock .... second assistant director
Ray Corbett .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Len Bailey .... stand-by construction
Les Benson .... property master
Richard Burkett .... painter
Ron Burkett .... chargehand painter
Steven Burkett .... stand-by construction
Stan Cook .... propman
Gary Crosby .... painter
Andy Evans .... construction manager
Micky Ince .... stand-by construction
Katie Kilroy .... prop buyer (as Kate Kilroy)
Andrew Palmer .... propman (as Andy Palmer)
Dave Pearce .... chargehand carpenter (as David Pearce)
Alfred Pulis .... carpenter
Tony Robson .... carpenter
Denise Ruben .... assistant art director
Robert Schofield .... stand-by construction (as Bob Schofield)
Alfie Smith .... propman (as Alf Smith)
Colin Smith .... stagehand
Eric Strange .... chargehand prop
Micky Swift .... propman
Jim Taylor .... stagehand
Chris Townsend .... art department assistant
Stuart Williams .... carpenter
Mark White .... construction (uncredited)
Mark White .... props (uncredited)
Mark White .... reconstruction (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor
Paul Carr .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Cridlin .... sound assistant
David John .... sound recordist
Chris Kelly .... footsteps editor
Matthew Launay .... boom operator
Brian Mann .... adr editor
Brian Paxton .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Stunts
Terry Forrestal .... stunt arranger
Derek Lyons .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Brock .... clapper loader
John Cantwell .... electrician
Clive Coote .... still photographer
Russell Farr .... electrician
Bill Geddes .... camera grip
Ian Norgate .... rigger
Barry Read .... electrician
Ted Read .... chief electrician
John 'Porky' Rivers .... camera grip (as Porky Rivers)
Mike Roberts .... camera operator
Ian Tabor .... electrician
Robert Wilcox .... electrician (as Bob Wilcox)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brenda Dabbs .... wardrobe supervisor
Patrick Sharkey .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Jeremy Hume .... first assistant editor
Kevin Lane .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
Dave Hunt .... music recording engineer
Andy Jackson .... music mixer
 
Transportation Department
Mark Binnall .... driver: transport and facility
Paul Daley .... driver: transport and facility
Mark Daubney .... driver: transport and facility
Peter Godfrey .... driver: transport and facility
Alan Howard .... unit driver
Peter Lupson .... unit driver
Ray Randall .... driver: transport and facility
Ian Rankine .... driver: transport and facility
Dave Watson .... action vehicle mechanic (as David Watson)
Des Wyard .... driver: transport and facility
Stuart Rose .... action vehicle coordinator (uncredited)
Brian Weske .... driver: Michael Caine (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Bobby Blues .... production accountant (as Bob Blues)
Laurie Borg .... location manager
Jacky Holding .... accounting assistant (as Jackie Holding)
Laura Julian .... production coordinator
Michael Larkins .... production accountant
Simon McNair Scott .... assistant location manager
Pat Rambaut .... script supervisor
Ringo Starr .... special production consultant (as Richard Starkey MBE)
Bob Stilwell .... follow focus
Fran Triefus .... assistant to producer
John Varley .... production runner
Brian Weske .... personal assistant: Michael Caine (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Nat 'King' Cole .... grateful acknowledgment
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
104 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The title and lyrics of the film's source "Mona Lisa" song sung by Nat 'King' Cole and heard throughout the movie refer to Leonardo Da Vinci's renaissance portrait painting "Mona Lisa", which can be seen on Thomas (Robbie Coltrane)'s refrigerator about ten minutes into the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When George and Thomas talk about nuns in disguise, George's cup changes hands between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Jeannie:[at her front door, to George] Yeah? Do you want mum?
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
MONA LISASee more »

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Touching and Hard Hitting., 24 October 2006
Author: Tom Cottey from United Kingdom

'Mona Lisa' is a distinctly British film. In many ways it is like the social realist films of the 1960's and early 70's. The attitude taken by Neil Jordan towards the film is worth crediting, the fact that he doesn't turn it into a simple romance is refreshing, and just as it seems to be leaning that way he throws the audience in a totally different direction.

The performances are great all round. This film is another example of just how good many British actors are, and it also serves to show how disappointing the state of our countries film industry is. When films this good are produced with this much talent British film makers shouldn't have to struggle as much as they do to get films made. Bob Hoskins was nominated for an Oscar for the role of George, and was well and truly deserving of it. His performance is subtle and sensitive at times and unflinching and painful to watch at others. He is a well and truly likable character, despite his flaws, made very real by Hoskins. Michael Caine again plays a nasty piece of work, like his character in 1971's 'Get Carter'. While Caine is capable of playing characters the audience love he is also capable of doing the complete opposite and he definitely achieves that here. The sense of class that Cathy Tyson brings to the screen in this film is perfect. She plays a prostitute, Simone, but we get a sense of respectability from her for the majority of the film. She appears desperate to be a lady despite her work, and this fits well with Hoskins portrayal of his blokey and rather 'tacky' character.

Cinematography throughout the film is similar to the style seen in other British films, it's often rather drab, the film isn't in widescreen (at least the version I watched wasn't) nor is the framing of the camera particularly exciting. The lack of attractive cinematography can to an extent put viewers off, but I believe that this type of image is part of the point, it reflects the lives of the characters. There were, however, points where I thought the cinematography was highly effective, particularly where Hoskins' and Tyson's characters are attacked by Anderson in the lift.

The scripting and editing of the end of the film works well, you can feel the pace quicken suddenly, as if to say "right, its time to be an active audience". This idea if dealt with badly could go wrong and let the rest of the film down but it doesn't here and it's instead makes for an far more interesting ending that could have been otherwise. It is also uncompromisingly brutal and hard hitting, which is what I prefer to see from a drama, it's not simply run-of-the-mill.

'Mona Lisa' seems, to some extent be a very British 'Taxi Driver'. It seems a strange comparison to make in some ways as the films are so incredibly different in many ways, but the comparison is definitely there and can clearly be seen at the same time. This is not to say that Hoskins' George is anything like De Niro's Travis Bickle, he is not. 'Mona Lisa' is the type of films that I can imagine lingering with the viewer for some time. It's touching and hard hitting, like the best dramas. It comes highly recommended.

7/10

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