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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 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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 16 wins & 11 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(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)

User Reviews:
Complex Mystery for Adults See more (46 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 (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cameo: [Joe Brown]The singer and guitarist as Dudley.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:
Referenced in Liza and All the Others (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
IN TOO DEEPSee more »

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29 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Complex Mystery for Adults, 2 March 2003
Author: Robert J. Maxwell (rmax304823@yahoo.com) from Deming, New Mexico, USA

Bob Hoskins made two widely popular movies in the 1980s and this was one of them. Having seen the other, "The Long Good Friday," I wasn't expecting too much but was pleasantly surprised. Hoskins, just out of the slams, is hired to drive a high-end black hooker, Cathy Tyson, from one wealthy client to another. He grows to care for her and when she asks him for a favor, find a strung-out young girl named Kathy, a former roomie of hers, he agrees. He searches the seedier places of London until he finally digs her up. She very young and very hooked. Robbie Coltrane is Hoskins' friend, and Michael Caine is a sort of procurer. The ending is both distressing and violent -- distressing because some of these characters are fully fleshed and we feel we've come to know them.

The film is quite nicely done. The score makes much use of Nat "King" Cole's ballad, Mona Lisa, evoking mystery, and it's appropriate. The composer has worked what seem to be endless variations of the first four notes of the theme into the score. We hear it in the background often, in minor key, or played exclusively on double bass, or burnished by horns. Those four notes insinuate themselves into the incidental music so often that a listener loses the sense that they are the introduction to a pop song and they come to have an ominous functional autonomy, disembodied from the simple tune that prompted it. They become their own song.

The acting is fine. Bob Hoskins is an essentially moral guy, short and unprepossesing, who first shows up on screen wearing an echt-1970s bell-bottomed leisure suit (he's been in for seven years, remember) and carrying a bouqet of flowers that his wife, berserk with anger, tells him what to do with. His gradual attraction to his passenger is nicely laid out, as are the reasons for his occasional displays of violence. He's a sensitive guy, but not too thoughtful. A lot of things get by him. But, to be fair, they get by the viewer too.

There's an element of humor running through the film, mostly expressed in the relationship between Hoskins and Coltrane, who plays a writer and a sculptor of things made of plastic spaghetti. ("The Japanese have cornered the market.") The dialogue is pretty funny in a low-key way. Hoskins and Coltrane sit watching TV and Hoskins remarks something like, "Remember that guy who was murdered? Well, I did it." Coltrane: "You're not joking?" Hoskins (turning and staring grimly): "I -- never -- joke." Coltrane: "You used to tell that one about the randy gorilla." And here is Hoskins describing his passenger, telling Coltrane that she's not out to exploit him, Hoskins, because "she's a lady." Coltrane: "A lady? I thought you said she was a tart." Hoskins: "Well -- she is, but she's a f****** lady too."

And Cathy Tyson almost beggars description, tall, slender, lithe, not staggeringly beautiful or sexy, but her appeal extends far beyond mere appearance. She's gorgeous in the most personal way. She tends to keep her face down and her eyes lowered, almost demurely, and her voice is soft and low, just above a whisper, although you never have to strain to hear what she's saying because her pronunciation is modulated and precise. It's soothing, in control and at the same time reassuring, the voice of an announcer on a late-night FM station playing nothing but classical music. You could listen to her for hours. You could look at her for hours too, for that matter. Michael Caine doesn't have a big or showy part, but he's so reliable that he's always a pleasure to see on screen. I can't think of a single film that has been damaged by his presence, although he's been in a few bummers.

The photography is perceptive. We get a good deal of local color not only from the London locations but from "the seaside," where everything comes to a head. There isn't a lot of violence. What there is of it is quick and pointed.

See it if you get the chance.

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