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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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Taglines:

Dr. Lauren Slaughter, professor, emissary, hooker, target. See more »

Genres:

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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Runtime:

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

Lady Newhouse: China, now that really scares me. Nine hundred million people breeding like rabbits.
Dr. Lauren Slaughter: You're wrong, Lady Newhouse.
Lady Newhouse: What do you mean, I'm wrong?
Dr. Lauren Slaughter: There are over a billion now. That's official.
Hugo Van Arkady: You're both wrong. They are only two people in China. And I know both of them.
Dr. Lauren Slaughter: Two people in China? I love it. OK, if there are two people in China, how many are there in the world?
Hugo Van Arkady: There are five thousand people in the world. That's it, five thousand.
Dr. Lauren Slaughter: And I suppose, Mr. Van Arkady, that you've met them all.
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Connections

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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My brief review of the film
17 November 2005 | by sol-See all my reviews

This starts off quite well, with some interesting ideas about traditions, rituals and values in different societies, however about halfway into it, the film starts to fall down, triggered by the introduction of thriller elements that just do not quite work. Sigourney Weaver delivers a strong performance throughout though. The rest of the performers do not do much out of the ordinary, but Weaver manages to bring a sense of credibility to her part, although she is too often topless. The partial nudity involving her is excessive for the film's story, but otherwise, she is great to have on screen, and her attractiveness does not hurt. There is not much of a directing vision to the material, the story is only half-good and there are probably a few other minor problems to be found. Sigourney Weaver certainly enlivens the material however, and the film is not bad to start with. For Weaver fans, it is definitely worth a look, however even for others it is satisfactory enough film-making to be perhaps worth checking out.


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