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B. Monkey (1998)

A young woman attempts to end her criminal career. But she needs love to make it.

Director:

Michael Radford

Writers:

Andrew Davies (novel), Chloe King | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Asia Argento ... Beatrice
Jared Harris ... Alan Furnace
Rupert Everett ... Paul Neville
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Bruno
Julie T. Wallace ... Mrs. Sturge
Ian Hart ... Steve Davis
Tim Woodward ... Frank Rice
Bryan Pringle ... Goodchild
Clare Higgins ... Ms. Cherry
Simone Bowkett ... Angie
Marc Warren ... Terence
Camilo Gallardo Camilo Gallardo ... Barman (Conrans)
Michael Carlin Michael Carlin ... Carlo
Paul Ireland Paul Ireland ... Barman (Kings Head)
Elizabeth Ash Elizabeth Ash ... Nurse (as Elisabeth Ash)
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Storyline

Alan Furnace is a young man with the perfectly proper, quiet life of a London school teacher. But beneath all of that decency lies a burning desire for excitement and he just found it. She's a woman unlike any other: Unruly Irish eyes, Latin lips... her name is Beatrice, but on the streets they call her B. Monkey. She's about to take him on an outrageous, dangerous and sexy ride through the wild side of London. Written by Babalu

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Taglines:

Angel by day... armed & dangerous by night. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and language, and for violence and drug content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

There are multiple scenes in the theatrical trailer not found in the finished release:
  • Beatrice standing with her back against the side of an escalator wearing a golden dress.
  • During the first date in the restaurant she places Alan's hand on her chest to feel her heart instead of just kissing his hand. She asks "Can you feel it?". He excitedly answers yes before she corrects him with "Not my breast, my heart".
  • A scene where Beatrice implores Alan to "say you love me, whatever happens" at Alan's boathouse.
  • After the first sex scene she tells Alan "you have to save me" whilst lying in bed facing away from him and looking into the camera.
  • A scene with Beatrice and Bruno fist bumping each other outside the café.
  • After visiting Mrs. Sturge Beatrice stops and screams "B Monkey read my name" in public whilst gesticulating wildly.
  • When Frank arrives at the cottage his reflection can be seen in his car door while he calls for Beatrice by yelling "B Monkey".
  • Paul's white car speeding out of control in a field before bursting into flames when it hits a wall. This is interspersed with shots of Beatrice screaming "No" whilst reaching out with one arm, a shot from behind her with the car in flames and finally with a shot of her face and tears flowing down it. This would seem to be an alternate ending.
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Quotes

Beatrice: Tomorrow is a long way off, Alan. I might have forgotten you by then.
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Connections

Referenced in When Brendan Met Trudy (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Tarantelle Del Gargano
Traditional
Performed by La Nuova Campagnia di Canto Popoiare
Used by kind permission of
BMG Entertainment International U.K. & Ireland Limited
On behalf of BMG Recordi, Italy
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Argento gives strong performance in so-so film
23 September 2003 | by rosscinemaSee all my reviews

This was Michael Radford's first film since "Il Postino" and it's definitely a letdown because Radford is a terrific director. Story is about a woman named B. Monkey (Asia Argento) who moonlights as an armed robber and she works with a couple of drug addicts named Bruno (Jonathan Rhys-Myers) and their father figure Paul (Rupert Everett) and a local gangster named Frank (Tim Woodward) is the one who sets up the scores. One night Bea meets Alan (Jared Harris) who is a school teacher and he asks her out on a date. She accepts and soon she falls in love with him and wants to leave her sordid past behind. Alan gets another teaching job in the country and Bea goes with him and they start to live the quiet life but one day Bea calls Paul and he traces the call back and finds out where she lives. Paul is in serious trouble with Frank and they follow him to where Bea is. One of the main problems with the story is how much Alan puts up with to be with Bea. Her friends are criminals, she was responsible for him losing his job and she displays a pretty bad temper. Maybe it's time to move on, buddy! But the strong point for the film is Argento's performance. She's a very brave actress and it appears that she would do just about anything on camera. There are several scenes in this film that require total nudity and Argento seems very comfortable doing this. Argento is Italian and grew up in Europe and European actress's seem to have a different attitude towards nudity in films. I first noticed Radford's direction in the highly underrated "1984" and also "Dancing at the Blue Iguana". Both of these films along with "Il Postino" are superbly directed but his talent wasn't evident in this film. It's adequately made but besides Argento this was a pretty tepid viewing experience. I had heard rumors that it was heavily edited but I'm not sure thats the problem. The whole film feels flat and labored and really has nothing special to offer. Argento does make it watchable though.


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Language:

English | Italian | French

Release Date:

15 July 1999 (Germany) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,436, 12 September 1999

Gross USA:

$39,371

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,832
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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