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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Bob Hoskins was nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award, and despite winning many other Best Actor awards, did not win the Oscar for this film, losing to Paul Newman for The Color of Money (1986). Hoskins' performance in the film remains his only ever Oscar nomination for acting. See more »

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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 »

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[first lines]
Jeannie: [at her front door, to George] Yeah? Do you want mum?
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

MONA LISA
By Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Used by permission of Famous Music Corporation
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
Original sound recording owned and controlled by Capitol Records Inc.
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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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