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Mona Lisa (1986)

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A man recently released from prison manages to get a job driving a call girl from customer to customer.

Director:

Neil Jordan

Writers:

Neil Jordan (screenplay), David Leland (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hoskins ... George
Cathy Tyson ... Simone
Michael Caine ... Mortwell
Robbie Coltrane ... Thomas
Clarke Peters ... Anderson
Kate Hardie ... Cathy
Zoë Nathenson ... Jeannie (as Zoe Nathenson)
Sammi Davis ... May
Rod Bedall Rod Bedall ... Terry
Joe Brown Joe Brown ... Dudley
Pauline Melville Pauline Melville ... George's Wife
Joseph Karimbeik Joseph Karimbeik ... Raschid
John Darling John Darling ... Hotel Security
Bryan Coleman Bryan Coleman ... Gentleman in Mirror Room
Robert Dorning Robert Dorning ... Hotel Bedroom Man
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Storyline

George, after getting out of prison, begins looking for a job, but his time in prison has reduced his stature in the criminal underworld. The only job he can find is to be a driver for Simone, a beautiful high-priced call girl, with whom he forms an at first grudging, and then real affection. Only Simone's playing a dangerous game, and when George agrees to help her, they both end up in a huge amount of trouble with Mortwell, the local kingpin. Written by Kathy Li

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She was a tart. He was an ex-con. And she was about to shatter his life forever. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Handmade Films Website

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Мона Лиза See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$99,361, 15 June 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,794,184
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point HandMade Films producer Denis O'Brien suggested Grace Jones for the role of Simone after seeing her on the poster for the Bond movie A View to a Kill (1985). See more »

Goofs

George stops and orders Simone to get out of the car but doubles back parks and apologizes. Exhaust fumes are clearly seen from the rear of the vehicle as he left it running. When they get back in, he changes gear and pulls off into traffic. On the soundtrack however you can hear the car ignition kicking in (as in the key turning) which is inaccurate as the car engine was already turned on. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeannie: [at her front door, to George] Yeah? Do you want mum?
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Features They Live by Night (1948) See more »

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Courtesy of Filmtrax MC
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Mona Lisa made me smile more then "Mona Lisa Smiles" which, ironically made me frown
1 May 2004 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

George (Bob Hoskins) newly out after a stint in prison, agrees to chauffeur Simone (Cathy Tyson) "a tall, black, tart". At first they hate each other, but things can change. So when Simone asks George to find a friend of hers that she lost contact with, he dives into the sordid, underbelly of the sex/prostitution underworld. This film was an unexpected treat, knowing next to nothing about it, save for the fact that I admire Bob Hoskins, Micheal Caine, and Robbie Coltrane all. Cathy Tyson was merely ok in the film & sadly Coltrane is pretty much wasted as Thomas. But both Hoskins and Caine are superb. Sadly, in America at least, Bob Hoskins is known to the non-cinema masses as merely Eddie from "What ever happened to Roger Rabbit?" & "That guy from Hook". This is a shame, as he's an amazing actor

My Grade: A

Where i saw it: Sundance channel


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