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Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

Neil Jordan (1986)

15 Certificate


Our Score
In this haunting, occasionally disturbing London-set thriller, Bob Hoskins manages to convey some deeper emotion than his more usual screen thuggery, as the gangster's chauffeur who's madly in love with Cathy Tyson's detached, emotionally bruised prostitute. He brings rich pathos to a plot not overloaded with such feelings and was rewarded with a Golden Globe, a Bafta and an Oscar nomination for his performance. Michael Caine is also a revelation with his portrayal of Hoskins's seedy, serpentine boss, Mortwell. Neil Jordan directs with great flair and insight, and the photography from Roger Pratt lingers long in the mind. The film seems to capture a certain 1980s soullessness, but it's still a moving and thought-provoking experience.


A downtrodden small-time crook gets a job as bodyguard and chauffeur to an emotionally bruised call girl, whom he gradually falls in love with. She in turn persuades him to help her save a teenage prostitute from her pimp, a goal that leads to conflict with a brutal gangster. Romantic crime thriller, starring Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine, Robbie Coltrane and Kate Hardie.

Cast & Crew

George Bob Hoskins
Simone Cathy Tyson
Mortwell Michael Caine
Thomas Robbie Coltrane
Anderson Clarke Peters
Cathy Kate Hardie
Jeannie Zoe Nathenson
May Sammi Davis
Terry Rod Bedall
Dudley Joe Brown (2)
Director Neil Jordan
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay


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