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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 ... 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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"A Wild Rollercoaster Ride Of Thrills!" 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

Alan Furnace: [first lines - at DJ mic] You grow up in the suburbs, you picture a life for yourself, right? A life of danger, late nights in smokey Jazz clubs, beautiful women everywhere. There's Janda Rhineheart with A Hot Cup of Paris, 1939. - You're listening to Night Duty in Saint Jose's hospital. - Only then you *do* grow up, and you're not living that life. You're poor. You teach in a school during the day, and of course you like it. Though you can barely find time to play the bloody trumpet.
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Referenced in Héroes de cartón (2001) See more »

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TWO HEARTS ENTWINE
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Top of the second tier Europic worth the time.
21 January 2002 | by =G=See all my reviews

"B. Monkey", with Italian diva Argento in the title role, tells of a young female thief who tries to go straight but is haunted by her past from both inside and out. What could have been a better romantic psychodrama stills plays out well as B-flick with good pitted against evil in the usual ways though it stumbles a bit in the end. The film has visceral verve, solid performances, and develops and builds until the climax in the last minutes. Good stuff for mature audiences into Europics with plenty Argento skin.


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