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(1986)

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Neil Jordan used real prostitutes in the film.
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The early scripting called for George to be a much older character and Sean Connery was suggested. Although Connery admired the work of Neil Jordan and wanted to work with him he disliked the role.
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Anthony Hopkins was offered to play Mortwell, but turned it down, because he was not right for the part. In 2007, while on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), he mentioned, that he told Neil Jordan to hire Michael Caine, because he would be the perfect choice for the role.
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The film was selected to screen in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986. There, Bob Hoskins won the Best Actor award in a tie with Michel Blanc in Ménage (1986).
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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.
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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).
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According to BFI Screenonline, the fifteen year old character of Cathy was played by a then thirty year old Kate Hardie, but the IMDb states Hardy was born in 1969, making her around sixteen years when the movie was filmed.
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The picture features the Genesis song "In Too Deep" which also features on the band's 1986 smash album "Invisible Touch". The hit tune was written by singer Phil Collins after he was asked to write a song for the film's soundtrack. The song is heard pretty much in its entirety right in the middle of the movie.
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One of six feature films that have starred both Bob Hoskins and Michael Caine. The films include Blue Ice (1992), Last Orders (2001), Mona Lisa (1986), Sweet Liberty (1986), Beyond the Limit (1983) and for television, World War II: When Lions Roared (1994).
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The meaning and relevance of this movie's Mona Lisa (1986) title is, according to the film's synopsis publicity, "a film about a song, about a painting, about a woman; about men, and the images they make of women, the stories they need do tell themselves, to keep them mystic, unfathomable, anything but real...".
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The film's storyline has been likened to the earlier movies Hardcore (1979) and Taxi Driver (1976). Both were written by Paul Schrader.
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Actor Bob Hoskins won several Best Actor awards for his performance in this film.
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Jaye Davidson in Neil Jordan's later film The Crying Game (1992) bears a startling resemblance to Cathy Tyson in this Neil Jordan film.
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Mortwell's strip club is actually the famous Raymond RevueBar in London's Soho district. The giant prop hand Mortwell sits in was a famous element of the show, visible in a lot of promotional material for the club. At one point George walks past a poster for the Festival of Erotica, a real show at the RevueBar at the time.
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The London night-club district that the movie is set in is Soho.
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In May 2009, Larry Clark announced a remake of this movie to be made by him. To date [June 2013], the film has not been remade.
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The production shoot for this movie began in October 1985.
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The make and model of George (Bob Hoskins)'s luxury car, which is seen throughout the movie, particularly driving around Simone (Cathy Tyson), was a creme 1962 Mark II 3.4 Litre Jaguar.
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According to the Criterion Collection, the picture was the "breakthrough film" of director Neil Jordan.
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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.
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The famous Brighton Jetty is used as a location in the film's third act but there is no long or establishing shot of the enormity of the notable landmark (as in Brighton Rock (2010)), only medium and close shots of the action on it.
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The movie got Oscar nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for Bob Hoskins, who, despite winning very many other Best Actor awards, did not win the Oscar for this film, losing to Paul Newman for The Color of Money (1986). To date [June 2013], Hoskins' performance in the film remains his only ever Oscar nomination for acting.
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One of a number of movies, many from the 1980s, that used a song from the 1950s as the title for a film.
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It was after seeing Bob Hoskins' ruthless George in this movie that critic Pauline Kael described him as being "...like a testicle on legs".
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Debut feature film of actresses Sammi Davis and Cathy Tyson.
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The movie frequently excerpts the Nat 'King' Cole song "Mona Lisa" and shares its title. The picture was made and released about thirty-six years after the song was first performed in 1950.
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The name of the adult movie that Simone (Cathy Tyson) appeared in, and which George (Bob Hoskins) got a video copy of, was "Kactus Kitchen".
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The movie shares some similarities, including a central prostitute character, with Neil Jordan's later film The Good Thief (2002), which was made and released about sixteen years later.
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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).
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Kenny Baker:  The comedian as a Brighton Busker.
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Joe Brown:  The singer and guitarist as Dudley.
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