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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 ... 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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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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Language:

English | Italian | French

Release Date:

15 July 1999 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Agria omorfia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,436, 12 September 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,524, 19 September 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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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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Worthy of late-night cable
11 May 2006 | by elgatonySee all my reviews

Flipping channels one night, I came across a movie that promised Asia Argento, Rupert Everett and Johnathan Rhys-Meyers (big fan of his) and directed by the guy who did "Il Postino" so I decided to stick around and give it a chance. I should've watched trout fishing instead as that would've been more unpredictable than this. Argento is a revelation in this as she dominates each scene she's in and left me wanting more. Rhys-Meyers does well here as does Everett. The problem is that the movie is too predictable and the leading man is totally dull. When characters go on the run, of course the villains are going to catch up. When two totally different characters fall in love, of course they'll spend 1/3 of the movie arguing. When a thief says "this is my last job", of course you know it won't be. This screenplay seems to come out of a Cinema 101 course. Absolutely NOTHING original. There are tons of plot holes too. The most glaring is when Argento shows up at the house of a woman who threatens her boyfriend's job. How did she get the address? Did anyone re-read the script? Another note to filmmakers: Boring jazz makes boring movies. Jared Harris's choice of music almost put me to sleep. Is that really what you want your audience to do? John Carpenter used jazz in "The Fog" but it was nicely kept to the background but here it's annoying. If you're a fan of Argento, Everett or Rhys-Meyers then check out this movie. If you're not...well, there's always trout fishing. This is strictly a B-Movie that tries for atmosphere and action but just leaves you feeling bored.


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