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Mona Lisa

The couple at the center of this wide and wayward romantic thriller are about as odd as you could find anywhere. George (Bob Hoskins), short in stature as well as intellect, is just out of prison. Simone (Cathy Tyson) is a tall, slender black whore who plies the poshest London hotels for her up-market trade. George gets a job driving Simone to her various assignations and finds himself falling in love with her.

The couple at the center of this wide and wayward romantic thriller are about as odd as you could find anywhere. George (Bob Hoskins), short in stature as well as intellect, is just out of prison. Simone (Cathy Tyson) is a tall, slender black whore who plies the poshest London hotels for her up-market trade. George gets a job driving Simone to her various assignations and finds himself falling in love with her.

What follows is a pic that skillfully combines comedy and thriller, romance and sleaze. Simone takes advantage of George’s feelings for her and assigns him to search for her missing girlfriend, a teenage blonde hooked on heroin and involved in the kinkier areas of the vice trade.

Hoskins gives another memorable performance as the earnest, dumb ex-con. Tyson brings charm and sensuality to the role of Simone and the rotund Robbie Coltrane is very funny as George’s loyal friend. Michael Caine is around, too, in a generously self-effacing supporting role as a sinister, dangerous cockney vice king.

1986: Nomination: Best Actor (Bob Hoskins)

Mona Lisa

UK

  • Production: HandMade/Palace. Director Neil Jordan; Producer Stephen Woolley, Patrick Cassavetti; Screenplay Neil Jordan; Camera Roger Pratt; Editor Lesley Walker; Music Michael Kamen; Art Director Jamie Leonard
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 104 MIN.
  • With: Bob Hoskins Cathy Tyson Michael Caine Robbie Coltrane Kate Hardie Sammi Davis
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