Mona Lisa (film)

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Mona Lisa
Original movie poster for the film Mona Lisa.jpg
original film poster
Directed byNeil Jordan
Produced byStephen Woolley
Written byNeil Jordan
David Leland
StarringBob Hoskins
Cathy Tyson
Robbie Coltrane
Michael Caine
Music byMichael Kamen
Genesis (song "In Too Deep")
CinematographyRoger Pratt
Edited byLesley Walker
Production
company
Distributed byIsland Pictures
Release dates
  • 13 June 1986 (1986-06-13)
Running time104 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget£2 million[1]
 
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Mona Lisa
Original movie poster for the film Mona Lisa.jpg
original film poster
Directed byNeil Jordan
Produced byStephen Woolley
Written byNeil Jordan
David Leland
StarringBob Hoskins
Cathy Tyson
Robbie Coltrane
Michael Caine
Music byMichael Kamen
Genesis (song "In Too Deep")
CinematographyRoger Pratt
Edited byLesley Walker
Production
company
Distributed byIsland Pictures
Release dates
  • 13 June 1986 (1986-06-13)
Running time104 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget£2 million[1]

Mona Lisa is a 1986 British neo-noir mystery drama about an ex-convict who becomes entangled in the dangerous life of a high-class call girl. The movie was written by Neil Jordan and David Leland, and directed by Jordan. It was produced by HandMade Films and stars Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson and Michael Caine.

The film was nominated for multiple awards, and Bob Hoskins was nominated for several awards for his performance (including the Academy Award for Best Actor), winning the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Plot[edit]

George (Hoskins), recently released from prison, is given a job as the driver for a high-class prostitute named Simone (Tyson) by his former boss, Denny Mortwell (Caine). As George and Simone find out more about each other, they form a friendship. Central to this theme is Mortwell's wish for George to find out as much as he can about one of Simone's 'regulars', a wealthy businessman. George helps Simone in her quest to find Cathy (Hardie), an abused friend from her past. This leads to a violent resolution in the seedy underworld.

Cast[edit]

Reaction[edit]

The film received positive critical reaction when released in 1986. Film critic Roger Ebert wrote of the two main characters "The relationship of their characters in the film is interesting, because both people, for personal reasons, have developed a style that doesn't reveal very much."[2] However, Vincent Canby, writing for the New York Times, dismissed the film as "classy kitsch."[3] Halliwell's Film Guide argued "only this actor could make a hit of this unsavoury yarn, with its highlights of sex and violence. But he did."[4]

Bob Hoskins was praised for his performance and was awarded the Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, Prix d'interprétation masculine at the Cannes Film Festival, and other awards. Despite this heavy acclaim, he lost the Academy Award for Best Actor to Paul Newman in The Color of Money; a sequel to The Hustler.

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardResultRecipient
1986Academy Award for Best ActorNominatedBob Hoskins
1986BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading RoleWonBob Hoskins
1986BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading RoleNominatedCathy Tyson
1986Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture DramaWonBob Hoskins
1986Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion PictureNominatedCathy Tyson
1986Cannes Film Festival Award for Best ActorWonBob Hoskins
1986Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best ActorWonBob Hoskins
1986Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best ActorWonBob Hoskins
1986London Film Critics Circle Award for Best ActorWonBob Hoskins
Tied with William HurtKiss of the Spider Woman
1986Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best ActorWonBob Hoskins
1986Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressWonCathy Tyson
1986National Society of Film Critics Award for Best ActorWonBob Hoskins
1986New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best ActorWonBob Hoskins
1986Valladolid International Film Festival for Best ActorWonBob Hoskins

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexander Walker, Icons in the Fire: The Rise and Fall of Practically Everyone in the British Film Industry 1984–2000, Orion Books, 2005 p54
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger (2 July 1986) "Review: Mona Lisa" Chicago Sun-Times (Retrieved: 12 March 2010)
  3. ^ Canby, Vincent (13 July 1986) "Movie Review: Mona Lisa (1986)". The New York Times (Retrieved: 12 March 2010)
  4. ^ Halliwell's Film Guide, 13th edition. ISBN 978-0-00-638868-5.

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