Mona Lisa

Starring: Bob Hoskins & Cathy Tyson Director: Neil Jordan  Rated: R: Restricted
Rating 4.5
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1986
  • Label: Image Entertainment
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English

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Major Awards:

Cannes 1986 - Best Actor: Bob Hoskins

Entertainment Reviews:

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..."

Product Description:

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.

Plot Synopsis:

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.

Plot Keywords:

Love Story | Prostitution | Romance | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • 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).

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