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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.

Director:

Neil Jordan

Writers:

Neil Jordan (screenplay), David Leland (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joe Brown: The singer and guitarist as Dudley. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeannie: [at her front door, to George] Yeah? Do you want mum?
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Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1992 (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Daughters of Babylon
Performed by Jimmy Lindsay
Courtesy of Filmtrax MC
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Intriguing, edgy mystery thriller with a lot of heart...
6 May 2013 | by Degree7See all my reviews

After seeing Hoskins in "The Long Good Friday", I was eager to catch another one of his highly celebrated performances. Filling in a similar role as an ex-con looking for work in 1980s London, I found his relationship with a call-girl to be highly effective in the character's exploration of a world he is simultaneously out of touch, but all too familiar with. It is a story that moves along leisurely, as he is soon employed by his employer's worker to find a vulnerable young girl on the streets, and it is here that the film offers a disparaging outlook on urban prostitution, through the annals of both high and low society. Hoskin's character becomes embroiled in an emotional investment beyond his control, and like any Noir protagonist, is very soon out of his league and receiving the short end of the stick.

The ending revelation is effective, but slightly underwhelming when one realizes that his journey was doomed from the beginning, but this kind of set up is to be expected from these sorts of tales. The character development and progression between lead actor and actress is simple, but highly effective.

The cinematography comes across as drab sometimes, but there are many beautiful moments in this film with some detailed choreography and impressive lighting of seedy, smoke filled interiors as Hoskins navigates the Londonian labyrinths.

The ending does feel slightly rushed, but there are so many great moments, and the film has a lot of untold backstory that gives its characters a lot of depth and very realistic insight into human longing. This is a great example of effective exposition that is relayed naturally and not a distraction or disservice to the film. A few choppy moments, but overall 'Mona Lisa' is more than the sum of its parts, and is an entertaining and atmospheric indie flick from Neil Jordan.


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