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A brilliant researcher in London who works as a high-class hooker in her spare time, becomes a pawn in a dangerous political game, when her latest client, a nobleman who is negotiating an Arab-Israeli peace treaty, falls for her.

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Bob Swaim
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sigourney Weaver ... Lauren Slaughter
Michael Caine ... Lord Bulbeck
Patrick Kavanagh ... General Sir George Newhouse
Faith Kent Faith Kent ... Lady Newhouse
Ram John Holder Ram John Holder ... Lindsay Walker
Keith Buckley ... Hugo Van Arkady
Ann Hanson Ann Hanson ... Mrs. Van Arkady
Patrick Newman Patrick Newman ... Julian Shuttle
Niall O'Brien Niall O'Brien ... Captain Twilley
Nadim Sawalha ... Karim Hatami
Vincent Lindon ... Sonny
Muriel Villiers Muriel Villiers ... Madame Cybele
Michael Elwyn ... Tom Haldane
Ninka Scott Ninka Scott ... Mrs. Haldane
Jasper Jacob Jasper Jacob ... Rex Lanham
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Storyline

Dr. Lauren Slaughter, a brilliant research fellow at the Arab-Anglo Institute in London is utterly frustrated by her career. To supplement her income, she starts moonlighting at the Jasmine Escort Service, where she has more control over men and money than she does at the office. On one of her dates, Lauren meets the politician Lord Sam Bulbeck who is trying to mediate a peace accord between the Arabs and Israelis. Bulbeck falls in love with his escort, and unwittingly, Lauren becomes a pawn in some very dirty politics. Written by Thorsten Roskowetz <itroskow@mordor.informatik.uni-osnabrueck.de>

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Professor by day. Prostitute by night. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diplomás örömlány See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,131,399
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made and released two years after its source novel novel, "Doctor Slaughter" by Paul Theroux, had been published. See more »

Goofs

When the would-be assassin enters the bathroom he attempts to switch on the light using a 4-gang wall-switch. It is illegal (in the UK) to have such switches inside a bathroom. If wall-switches are used, they must be outside. The alternative is to use cord-operated ceiling-switches. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Lauren Slaughter: What was that with the waiter?
Japanese Businessman: I say you very good looking.
Dr. Lauren Slaughter: I thought I heard a reference to money.
Japanese Businessman: You speak Japanese?
Dr. Lauren Slaughter: I'm not on the menu, Mr. Matsushita. I decide what I do after dinner. And in your case, it's no. Definitely no.
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Average adaptation based on a successful novel with a young and enticing Sigourney Weaver
17 July 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film talks about a young woman called Lauren Slaughter (Sigourney Weaver) who works as a lecturer and researcher at the Arab-Anglo Institute in London during day and sophisticated escort serving to VIPS by night at the Jasmine Escort Service . To supplement her income , she has a special client to British diplomatic (Michael Caine) who is acting as ambassador in the conflict amongst Jews and Palestines . He's trying to create an important peace treaty but the various confronted factions want to shatter the pacification project .

The plot isn't narrated with agility and seems to be a little forced and artificial . It's quite unsuccessful but there're pretty dialog and not much action with exception on the final reel that's fast movement and is funniest . The picture obtained lukewarm reception by the public in spite of the magnificent starring duo and was a flop and barely made monetary box office . Although technically well realized is mediocre and doesn't offer surprises . The motion picture is classified ¨R¨ as abounds the nudism in charge of Sigourney Weaver as an escort becomes a pawn in some very dark politics , violence when the murders happen , sexual themes and profanity . The support cast though unknown is very secondary , the film is mainly interpreted by two exceptional actors : Weaver and Caine . The movie was regularly directed by Bob Swaim . The film will appeal to excellent protagonist pair fans . Rating : Mediocre and entertaining .


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