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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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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diplomás örömlány See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,131,399
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was released two years after its source novel novel, "Doctor Slaughter" by Paul Theroux, was 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

Lady Newhouse: Well, since we're on the subject of women, shall we go and have our coffee?
Hugo Van Arkady: I'm going to miss you.
Dr. Lauren Slaughter: I'm not going anywhere.
Hugo Van Arkady: You don't understand, you're being summoned. Ladies to the loo and baby talk whilst we men pass the port and smoke cigars.
Dr. Lauren Slaughter: That sucks.
Hugo Van Arkady: That's London, my dear.
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References Kiss Me Deadly (1955) See more »

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East 34th Street
Music by Dick Walter
KPM Music Ltd
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Surprisingly enjoyable
20 March 2015 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

The premiss may be a bit far-fetched but this screen version of Paul Theroux's novel "Doctor Slaughter" is surprisingly robust and very enjoyable. Sigourney Weaver is the underpaid American working for the Middle East Institute in London who decides to supplement her income by working for an escort agency. However, things get murky when one of her clients turns out to be Michael Caine's diplomat charged with brokering an Israeli/Arab peace deal. Has Sigourney been set up and if so, by whom? It's hardly believable, of course, but the director, Bob Swaim, ensures it moves at a fair clip though he does play down the thriller aspect to beef up the love story that develops between Caine and Weaver. He also keeps you guessing as to who is doing what to whom. It wasn't a success but it's also a lot better than its critical reputation might suggest.


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