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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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Neil Jordan

Writers:

Neil Jordan (screenplay), David Leland (screenplay)
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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 ... 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 (Bob Hoskins), 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 (Cathy Tyson), 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 (Sir Michael Caine), the local kingpin. Written by Kathy Li

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Sometimes love is a strange and wicked game. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

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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:

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The storyline has been likened to Hardcore (1979) and Taxi Driver (1976). Both were written by Paul Schrader. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeannie: [at her front door, to George] Yeah? Do you want mum?
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Referenced in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1992 (1993) See more »

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Performed by Jimmy Lindsay
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Melancholic Love Story
27 January 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After serving seven years in prison, the smalltime criminal George (Bob Hoskins) is released. He seeks out his daughter but his ex-wife does not allow him to talk to her. His friend Thomas (Robbie Coltrane) meets George and gives his Jaguar that he kept for him. George is impressed with the changing in the neighborhood while Thomas explains the new reality. George is hired by his former boss Mortwell (Michael Caine) to work as the driver and bodyguard of the high-class call girl Simone (Cathy Tyson). In the beginning, George is misfit for the position and does not get along with Simone; but gradually he befriends and falls in unrequited love with her. Simone looks for someone on the streets of the King's Cross district (red light district of London in the 80's) and soon she asks George to help her to find the prostitute Cathy (Kate Hardie). George is involved with the underworld of prostitution and is chased by the dangerous pimp Anderson (Clarke Peters). When he finds Cathy, he discovers the connection of Simone to her.

"Mona Lisa" is a melancholic love story in an environment of low-lives and losers in the underworld of London. The beginning of this movie is a drama entwined with romance and ends a thriller. The good-hearted George is a needy small-time criminal, naive in many moments that falls in love with the prostitute Simone. Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson and Michael Caine have magnificent performances. Nat King Cole´s song gives a touch of class to his great film. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Mona Lisa"

Note: On 17 July 2018 I saw this film again.


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