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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 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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Filmed before Aliens (1986), but released afterwards. Production on this film was running behind, and ultimately, Sigourney Weaver ended up with only a couple of days off, between the completion of her work on this, and starting shooting on Aliens (1986). See more »

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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 »

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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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Unusual Romance with a Predictable Conclusion
14 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

The researcher of the Institute for Middle East Study Strategy, Dr. Lauren Slaughter (Sigourney Weaver), is facing economical difficulties since her paltry scholarship of 150 pounds per week is insufficient to live in the expensive London. Lauren is Harvard PHD and had lived in China for many years, and now is working in the institute that seeks a special relationship with the Arab World.

After a dinner in the house of the banker Hugo Van Arkady (Keith Buckley), Lauren receives a videotape from the Jasmine Escort Service at home. When her chief, General Sir George Newhouse (Patrick Kavanagh), publishes her research without any reference to her name, Lauren becomes upset and decides to moonlight at the escort service to raise money to move to Half Moon Street and have casual sex with eventual clients. When Lauren meets the prominent Lord Sam Bulbeck (Michael Caine), who is negotiating peace treaty between Arabs and Israelis, they become lovers. However, Lauren does not know that she is being manipulated by powerful politicians to jeopardize the work of Lord Bulbeck.

In 1986, when I saw "Half Moon Street" for the first time, I liked this film a lot. Yesterday I watched it again and I still found it a good movie without being special. The story of a Harvard PHD researcher that moonlights as a call girl is absolutely unusual and this is the good point. However, the result of her romance with the conspicuous politician is predictable and the conclusion does not surprise the viewer. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Uma Intriga International" ("An International Intrigue")


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