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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 15 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:
An 80s classic 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:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
One of five 1986 movies starring actor Michael Caine. Two of them featured major characters who were call girls, this film and Bob Swaim's Half Moon Street (1986).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:
Bimba dagli occhi pieni di maliaSee more »

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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
An 80s classic, 28 November 2009
Author: mark-whait from United Kingdom

Mona Lisa is a classic 80s low budget thriller that combines raw power with an emotional storyline resulting in an acting masterclass from a virtually faultless cast. Bob Hoskins is mesmerising from the very opening seconds of the film, playing lonely naive chancer George. He has just been released from prison after 7 years for taking the rap for a crime committed by local gangland boss Denny Mortwell (Michael Caine). Caine soon gets George back on the payroll, as an exclusive chauffeur for high class call girl Simone (Cathy Tyson). But George helplessly falls for Simone and gets sucked into her secret agenda for trawling London's seedy underworld - mainly prostitution. The film is a masterpiece from director Neil Jordan - easily his best work to date and has never been bettered - and the cast benefit greatly from an impeccable script. Jordan's ear for dialogue is never more evident than here - especially in Geroge's conversations with his only true friend Thomas (Robbie Coltrane). Anyone who thought Hoskins couldn't better his performance in The Long Good Friday in 1979 should take a look at this. He is simply astonishing and your eyes never leave a single scene he is in. But no review would be complete without paying tribute equally to the unearthed gem that is Cathy Tyson. Bearing in mind she was barely 20 when this movie was shot, she is incredible opposite Hoskins and whilst she has had more of a TV career since, it is surprising (and perhaps a shame) that she has never had perhaps the vehicle or opportunity to scale such heights again. However, Kate Hardie is also deserving of special mention as a fellow hooker, and her great portrayal in this movie has shamefully been totally overlooked over the years. Caine's cameo appearance is also menacingly good, and he plays the seedy villain with chilling ease. Throw in the great location work around London's Soho and Brighton, and a great tune from Genesis, and you get a presentation every bit as high class as Tyson's Simone is meant to be.

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