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B. Monkey (1998)

A young woman attempts to end her criminal career. But she needs love to make it.

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Cast

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Beatrice
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Alan Furnace
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Paul Neville
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Bruno
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Mrs. Sturge
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Steve Davis
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Frank Rice
Bryan Pringle ...
Goodchild
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Ms. Cherry
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Angie
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Terence
Camilo Gallardo ...
Barman (Conrans)
Michael Carlin ...
Carlo
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Barman (Kings Head)
Elizabeth Ash ...
Nurse (as Elisabeth Ash)
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Storyline

Alan Furnace is a young man with the perfectly proper, quiet life of a London school teacher. But beneath all of that decency lies a burning desire for excitement and he just found it. She's a woman unlike any other: Unruly Irish eyes, Latin lips... her name is Beatrice, but on the streets they call her B. Monkey. She's about to take him on an outrageous, dangerous and sexy ride through the wild side of London. Written by Babalu

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and language, and for violence and drug content | See all certifications »

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15 July 1999 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Agria omorfia  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$17,436 (USA) (10 September 1999)

Gross:

$34,524 (USA) (17 September 1999)
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Trivia

There are multiple scenes in the theatrical trailer not found in the finished release:
  • Beatrice standing with her back against the side of an escalator wearing a golden dress.


  • During the first date in the restaurant she places Alan's hand on her chest to feel her heart instead of just kissing his hand. She asks "Can you feel it?". He excitedly answers yes before she corrects him with "Not my breast, my heart".


  • A scene where Beatrice implores Alan to "say you love me, whatever happens" at Alan's boathouse.


  • After the first sex scene she tells Alan "you have to save me" whilst lying in bed facing away from him and looking into the camera.


  • A scene with Beatrice and Bruno fist bumping each other outside the café.


  • After visiting Mrs. Sturge Beatrice stops and screams "B Monkey read my name" in public whilst gesticulating wildly.


  • When Frank arrives at the cottage his reflection can be seen in his car door while he calls for Beatrice by yelling "B Monkey".


  • Paul's white car speeding out of control in a field before bursting into flames when it hits a wall. This is interspersed with shots of Beatrice screaming "No" whilst reaching out with one arm, a shot from behind her with the car in flames and finally with a shot of her face and tears flowing down it. This would seem to be an alternate ending.


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Quotes

Alan Furnace: [first lines - at DJ mic] You grow up in the suburbs, you picture a life for yourself, right? A life of danger, late nights in smokey Jazz clubs, beautiful women everywhere. There's Janda Rhineheart with A Hot Cup of Paris, 1939. - You're listening to Night Duty in Saint Jose's hospital. - Only then you *do* grow up, and you're not living that life. You're poor. You teach in a school during the day, and of course you like it. Though you can barely find time to play the bloody trumpet.
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Soundtracks

YOU'RE THE FIRST, THE LAST, MY EVERYTHING
Composed by Barry White, Tony Sepe and Sterling Radcliffe
Performed by Barry White
SA-Vette Music/My Baby-S Music Co.
Used by kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited (London)
Licensed by kind permission from Polygram Film & TV Licensing
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A somewhat derivative romantic thriller that's boosted byfantastic performances.
17 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

B. Monkey has some elements that are similar to La Femme Nikita. But is also manages to implement just enough fresh twists to keep the film from getting too derivative.

The film's biggest asset is the fantastic performances from everyone in the cast. It's pretty evident that this film was designed as a vehicle for the Italian goddess Asia Argento, and she definitely does not disappoint as far as her looks or her acting abilities are concerned. Everyone else does an equally great job and add some great nuances to what could have been generic characters.

The film is quite violent at times and also features strong doses of sex and nudity (mostly of Ms. Argento) but it's all done in a tasteful and artistic manner that keep the film from veering into exploitation territory.

Overall, a solid little romantic thriller and a stunning showcase for Asia Argento.

rating:8


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