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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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Taglines:

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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Details

Official Sites:

Handmade Films Website

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mona Lisa 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

The make and model of George (Bob Hoskins)'s luxury car, which is seen throughout the movie, particularly driving around Simone (Cathy Tyson), was a creme 1962 Mark II 3.4 Litre Jaguar. 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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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1986 (1987) See more »

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Daughters of Babylon
Performed by Jimmy Lindsay
Courtesy of Filmtrax MC
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Beautifully Done!!!! A Must See!!!
9 August 2005 | by hokeybuttSee all my reviews

MONA LISA (5 outta 5 stars) Every now and then I have to watch one of my favourite 5-star movies just to remember what a truly GREAT movie looks like. This is one of my all-time faves... with incredible, top-of-the-line performances from Bob Hoskins, Michael Caine (playing a scary bad guy) and Cathy Tyson. Hoskins plays George, just released from prison after taking the rap meant for his old boss, Mortwell (Caine). Mortwell knows he owes George something but doesn't really think that much of his criminal talents so he gets George a job driving one of his high-class prostitutes (Tyson) from job to job. Soon, George is smitten with this tough, gutsy lady-of-the-streets. Simone, sensing that George is a kind-hearted soul who will do anything for her, gets him to try and track down another young hooker friend of hers who has gone missing. George finds the young woman, incurring the wrath of Mortwell and setting himself him for an emotional upheaval at the film's climax. Masterfully done with great dialogue. The film manages to be funny, heartrending, violent and romantic... sometimes all in one scene.


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