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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.

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Stars: Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... George
... Simone
... Mortwell
... Thomas
... Anderson
... Cathy
... Jeannie (as Zoe Nathenson)
... May
Rod Bedall ... Terry
Joe Brown ... Dudley
Pauline Melville ... George's Wife
... Raschid
John Darling ... Hotel Security
Bryan Coleman ... Gentleman in Mirror Room
Robert Dorning ... Hotel Bedroom Man
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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 »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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13 June 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Мона Лиза  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$99,361, 15 June 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,794,184
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Joe Brown: The singer and guitarist as Dudley. See more »

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When George and Thomas talk about nuns in disguise, George's cup changes hands between shots. See more »

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[first lines]
Jeannie: [at her front door, to George] Yeah? Do you want mum?
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IN TOO DEEP
Words and Music by Genesis
©1986 Anthony Banks Ltd / Philip Collins Ltd / Mike Rutherford Ltd / Hit & Run (Publishing) Ltd
Genesis by kind permission of Virgin and Atlantic Records
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Mona Lisa made me smile more then "Mona Lisa Smiles" which, ironically made me frown
1 May 2004 | by See 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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