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Neil Jordan (screenplay) and
David Leland (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 June 1986 (USA) See more »
Sometimes love is a strange and wicked game. See more »
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? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 15 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Spacey and Hoskins Amaze on Soundtrack
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"Well, let's say you're a lady. " - George (Bob Hoskins) See more (51 total) »


  (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)

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
Chris Bracey .... neon art (uncredited)
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
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
Juanlo Prada Garrudo .... trainee (uncredited)
Brian Weske .... personal assistant: Michael Caine (uncredited)
Nat 'King' Cole .... grateful acknowledgment
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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104 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (1988) | Finland:K-18 (1986) | France:U | Germany:18 (2004) (uncut) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 (2002) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:16 (VHS) (cut) | West Germany:16 (original rating) (theatrical)

Did You Know?

Bob Hoskins was unaware that Michael Caine was in the film until he arrived on set for the first day of shooting. Caine himself had created the ruse while they worked together on Sweet Liberty (1986). He told Hoskins that he had been offered the part but it was too small and he was tired playing villains, even though he had already agreed to take the role.See more »
Continuity: When George and Thomas talk about nuns in disguise, George's cup changes hands between shots.See more »
[first lines]
Jeannie:[at her front door, to George] Yeah? Do you want mum?
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IN TOO DEEPSee more »


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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
"Well, let's say you're a lady. " - George (Bob Hoskins), 4 September 2005
Author: Michael Margetis ( from United States

Neil Jordan's 'Mona Lisa' is a great film that was sadly forgotten over time, even though Hoskins got an Oscar nomination for the film. 'Mona Lisa' follows a basically good guy whose made some bad choices George (Bob Hoskins) and his return from prison. Shunned from his wife and some of his old buddies, George feels kind of unwanted but gets a job from his old boss (Michael Caine) chauffeuring a call girl (Cathy Tyson) around at night. The call girl and George form a bond, while the story turns into violence, crime and George and the call girl's search for a young innocent teenage girl forced into prostitution. In my opinion, 'Mona Lisa' is one of Jordan's best films if not his best. Hoskins is absolutely amazing in his role, while Cathy Tyson and Michael Caine provide solid performances as well. Clarke Peters (who you may know as Detective Freeman from HBO's brilliant dramatic series 'The Wire') is also in this as Cathy Tyson's evil and psychotic pimp. For all you indie fans out there, rush to the Blockbuster near you to rent 'Mona Lisa' (make sure it's not 'Mona Lisa Smile', that movie is a tad bit different.) Most likely, you'll find a lot to enjoy and/or admire about this little British indie gem. Grade: B+

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