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Film / Mona Lisa

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Mona Lisa is a British neo-noir crime-drama film released in 1986 directed by Neil Jordan and starring Bob Hoskins, Michael Caine and Robbie Coltrane. George is a small-time crook just out of prison who discovers his tough-guy image is out of date. Reduced to working as a minder/driver for high class call girl Simone, he has to agree when she asks him to find a young colleague from her King's Cross days. That's when George's troubles just start.


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  • Bittersweet Ending: Simone jilts George for her lover Cathy but George successfully kills the pimps tormenting him, Simone and Cathy and leaves them to spend time at home with his estranged daughter Jeannie.
  • Cool Car: George drives a creme 1962 Mark II 3.4 Litre Jaguar.
  • Incompatible Orientation: George falls in love with the call girl Simone, only to discover that she's a closet lesbian.
  • London Gangster: George is a low-level gangster. Denny Mortwell, his boss, is a more vicious one.
  • Relationship Reveal: Simone and Cathy are lesbian lovers.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: Writer Steve Woolley came across an article from a British tabloid about an ex-convict on a GBH charge who claimed in his defense to be protecting ladies of the night against their Maltese pimps.
  • Scary Black Man: Anderson, Simone and Cathy's razor-wielding pimp.
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  • Take That!: Thomas finds George watching a porn film and quips, "Channel 4, is it?" Channel 4 had refused to back the film due to its nature, though they did buy the television rights.
  • Titled After the Song: The movie frequently features excerpts the Nat King Cole song "Mona Lisa", and shares its title.


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