- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 1, 2011
- Originally Released: 1986
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Cannes 1986 -
Best Actor: Bob Hoskins
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.
Love Story |
- 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.
- Copyright 1985 HandMade Films (Partnership).