Mona Lisa


(out of 5)

 is released from prison and goes back to work for his gangster boss (). Immediately assigned as a driver to a high-class call girl (), this meathead thug finds himself falling for his beautiful charge and willing to do whatever she needs. His survival skills are put to the test when her desires push him to scour the dirty underbelly of London’s streets and look for a young woman she used to know who might be in serious trouble. This scintillating film is one of Neil Jordan’s best (only surpassed by The Crying Game), featuring explosive performances, glintingly beautiful noir-ish cinematography and a terrific, violent climax. Hoskins’ patented Angry Cockney Guy routine is at its ripest and most captivating here.

HandMade Films, Palace Production

United Kingdom, 1986

Directed by

Screenplay by Neil Jordan,

Cinematography by

Produced by Patrick Cassavetti,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1986

Academy Award Nomination
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Bob Hoskins as “George”)

Golden Globe Award
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Bob Hoskins)

Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Cathy Tyson)
Best Screenplay (Neil Jordan)


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