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Half Moon Street (1986)

Dr. Slaughter, a 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 john Lord Bulbeck, who's negotiating an Arab-Israeli peace treaty, falls for her.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lauren Slaughter
... Lord Bulbeck
... General Sir George Newhouse
Faith Kent ... Lady Newhouse
Ram John Holder ... Lindsay Walker
... Hugo Van Arkady
Ann Hanson ... Mrs. Van Arkady
Patrick Newman ... Julian Shuttle
Niall O'Brien ... Captain Twilley
... Karim Hatami
... Sonny
Muriel Villiers ... Madame Cybele
... Tom Haldane
Ninka Scott ... Mrs. Haldane
Jasper Jacob ... Rex Lanham
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Dr. Lauren Slaughter, a research fellow at the Arab-Anglo Institute in London is utterly frustrated by her job. 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 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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Dr. Lauren Slaughter, professor, emissary, hooker, target.

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26 September 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diplomás örömlány  »

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$1,131,399
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1.85 : 1
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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: Am I supposed to say "Your place or mine?"
Karim Hatami: No. These days, you say "Betamax or VHS?"
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References The Front Page (1974) See more »

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East 34th Street
Music by Dick Walter
KPM Music Ltd
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Not great, but not bad either
11 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Half Moon Street is basically an average film with some good talent in it. From the reviews this is a movie people either love or hate, but I think the elements balance each other out and the end result lands it in the middle of the film quality spectrum. Sigourney Weaver comes across totally convincingly as a Mid East scholar who becomes an escort by night to make ends meet (anyone who is a fan of hers will probably appreciate her many nude scenes!). Michael Caine also gives a good performance as an English lord trying to broker a secret Middle East peace deal. Where this film falters is in the script, which is too talky and it seems to take a long time for the story to get going. The last twenty minutes is well filmed and exciting, but there is a lot of plodding to go through before the good part arrives. Fans of Caine and/or Weaver will probably love it; for everyone else, not really a bad film, but not really great either.


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