Sight and Sound - 09/01/1986
"...Hoskins relishes the role and his relish is infectious..."
New York Times - 06/13/1986
"...High style....Vividly realized characters behaving in unexpected ways..."
Los Angeles Times - 06/13/1986
"...Rueful and funny; brutal, beautiful and lushly romantic, MONA LISA finds gallantry and real heroism among the most unlikely surroundings..."
This critically acclaimed English film is about a high class prostitute and her ex-con chauffeur who falls in love with her. Academy Award Nominations: Best Actor--Bob Hoskins.
Ex-con George, expecting to be repaid after taking a fall for his crime boss, is reduced to driving classy call girl Simone to her jobs at London's finer hotels. Despite their differences (he's a poorly-educated, unattractive, and unsophisticated bigot; she's a beautiful, elegant, and intelligent black woman), George falls in love with her and agrees to help locate one of her old friends, a junkie still working the streets for a dangerously violent pimp.
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Bob Hoskins won the 1986 Best Actor Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics, and the National Society of Film Critics.
Titled after the 1950 standard "Mona Lisa," which won the 1950 Academy Award for Best Original Song from the movie "Captain Carey, USA."
Uses film clip from Nicholas Ray's "They Live By Night" (1948).
Richard Starkey, MBE (Ringo Starr), is listed as a special production consultant.
Additional cast: Joe Brown (Dudley) and Kenny Baker (Brighton Busker).
Director Neil Jordan went on to direct "The Crying Game," which shares many plot points with "Mona Lisa.'
Filmed in London, England, beginning October 14, 1985. Shot in Technicolor. Titles and opticals by Geoff Axtell Associates.
Screened in competition at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.
Released in USA May 1986.
Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.