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Mona Lisa [DVD] (1986)

Bob Hoskins , Cathy Tyson , Neil Jordan    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine, Robbie Coltrane, Clarke Peters
  • Directors: Neil Jordan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Bay View
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,099 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



You'll have to listen hard to catch all the dialogue in Monda Lisa, a dark, romantic film by director Neil Jordan. The Cockney accents are thick enough to spread on a crumpet. But it's worth the effort to plunge into the London underworld with tough but loveable thug Bob Hoskins. Just out of prison, he's given a job by his old boss (Michael Caine) as chauffeur to a gorgeous but chilly call girl (Cathy Tyson). For all his criminal experience, this guy is surprisingly innocent; when he develops a crush on the woman he's driving, it leads inevitably to tragedy. Hoskins is heartbreakingly good as this poor, thick sod, while Caine projects an oily malevolence. Tyson is also fine as a woman who has secrets of her own. --Marshall Fine

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Classic downbeat British crime thriller, directed by Neil Jordan. George (Bob Hoskins) is a low-grade mob enforcer, recently released from prison after a stretch covering up for his boss, Mortwell (Michael Caine). Taking on a job as chauffeur to prickly call girl Simone (Cathy Tyson), George gradually begins to fall in love with her as he helps her look for her best friend Cathy (Kate Hardie). But when he eventually finds her, the naive George is dismayed to find that Cathy and Simone are lovers. Even worse, George has unwittingly become involved in a dangerous game that Simone and Cathy are playing against his old underworld boss, Mortwell.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, disturbing, but beautiful. 8 April 2006
By ****
I first saw this film alone in a theater years ago when I had an afternoon off. I can still remember how its disturbing images haunted me for days after. It shows the dehumanizing, emotionally disconnected underworld of London prostitution. Bob Hoskins portrays a good-hearted loser, just released from prison. Usually loveable Michael Caine is simply hateful as a sleazy mobster who gives Hoskins a job chauffeuring an elegant call girl (Cathy Tyson). While driving her to her assignations, Hoskins naively falls in love with her. He wants to protect her and feels jealousy as he waits for her trysts to end. Predictably, his amateur love is unrequited - she's a professional who has lost the capacity to feel romantic love. However, she does have an obsession; to locate and save a drug-addicted young girl who is also being sexually exploited by Caine's character. Like a knight on a quest, Hoskins sets out to locate the girl. In his search he visits the creepy haunts of young women enslaved in drug-dependent prostitution. His quest is successful, but his love is not returned. In the end however, he is really the only winner; he has a heart and still knows how to love. Bob Hoskins gives an achingly beautiful performance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Driving Miss Simone 25 Feb 2013
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Simone, played wonderfully well by Cathy Tyson in her debut film, is a high-class call-girl, doing the rounds of the hotels and posh houses of London, but her life wasn`t always thus, nor is it as problem-free as she likes to pretend. George - Bob Hoskins at his near-best - fresh out of prison, trying to make it up with his daughter, is taken on as driver to Simone, both of whom are `controlled` by a slimy Mr Big (a scary Michael Caine) and the smoothly terrifying Anderson, played with frightening force by Clarke Peters.
It was so good to see this superb film again after about 25 years. Hoskins and Tyson have a good and touching rapport in their many scenes together, Caine is suitably greasy, Robbie Coltrane doesn`t put a foot wrong as George`s mate, and even good old Joe Brown has an effective brief cameo, as do Sammi Davis as a much abused tart, and Perry Fenwick as a pimp.
The whole film is swathed in smoky atmosphere, whether in the seedy, murky dives of the London underworld or the prostitute-populated streets of King`s Cross. George is an oddly innocent observer of all this, while looking for a girl that Simone wants to find and perhaps rescue. George is falling for Simone, but Simone has other plans. The girl is played brilliantly by Kate Hardie (her dad, Bill Oddie, must have been proud).
There are obvious echoes of Taxi Driver, as well as of other films set in London`s seedier quarters, but Mona Lisa has a sad, moody charm all its own.
Hoskins is both funny and moving, Tyson was a real find back then (whose subsequent film career hasn`t quite fulfilled such promise), and it`s a movie well worth watching, or indeed revisiting if, like me, you haven`t seen it since its release. You might be surprised at how well it`s worn, and how ultimately touching it is, with an ending which manages to be both upbeat and downbeat at the same time.
A very good film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Woman Of Substance 24 Sep 2012
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Neil Jordan was, for me, one of the outstanding film-makers of the 1980s and 90s (a period during which there was something of a dearth of decent British/Irish films) with a string of fine films such The Company Of Wolves, Angel, The Crying Game and The Butcher Boy, and (my personal favourite) Mona Lisa, which provided a relatively original take on the British (being set in London) gangster film. Showcasing a career-best (along with that in The Long Good Friday), and Oscar-nominated, performance from Bob Hoskins as the salt-of-the-earth, but nervy, released jailbird, George, Jordan's film accurately captures the low-life London milieu of the 1980s with its seedy, dingy Soho strip-clubs, as George attempts to find his way in a now much-changed world. What also helps to set Mona Lisa apart from the majority of films of its type is its razor sharp screenplay and script, co-written by Jordan and, leading screen-writer of this era, David Leland.

Following initial rejection from his wife and teenage daughter, George is given a job via Mortwell (Michael Caine again playing Michael Caine, but to good effect here) as a chauffeur to 'going-up-in-the-world' prostitute Simone (Cathy Tyson), who has left her Kings Cross streetwalking career behind and is now working the Park Lane hotels and Highgate mansions. From some initially rather unconvincing scenes, Tyson grows into her role as the initially resentful madam, who eventually enlists George's support in her search for her lost friend and co-worker May (Sammi Davis). On the other hand, Hoskins impresses from the first scene of him, striding edgily across Waterloo Bridge during the opening title sequence, in a role which appears to have been tailor made for him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and seedy. 26 May 2012
By Mark
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A romance story wrapped up in the dark and seedy world of London's underground sex scene. A very touching performance from the often clueless Bob Hoskins, with some comic relieve from a young Robbie Coltrane to occasionally lift the mood. Some fleeting appearances from Michael Caine as the sinister back man who pulls the strings. Glamour and sex appeal added by Cathy Tyson's performance as a sophisticated call girl. Watch it to find out if Bob gets a happy ending.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
The DVD will not play on any DVD or HDVD or PC
Published 4 days ago by Roy Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Top Ten Films
The sad news of Bob Hoskins' death prompted me to revisit his films. Along with The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa has always remained with me as one of my favourite films. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Richard Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love these British real to life films you don't seem to get nowadays.
Published 12 days ago by Mark Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a good film
Published 19 days ago by geoff bicknell
1.0 out of 5 stars The DVD stops a few of times during the film ...
The DVD stops a few of times during the film only for a second and then restarts but I knew it was a used DVD and I am not put out by it
Published 1 month ago by Jane Eskdale
4.0 out of 5 stars film good. but had to mess around quite a bit ...
film good . but had to mess around quite a bit to play in english. yes i bought it from a source in italy but i thought maybe some instructions might have helped. Read more
Published 1 month ago by robert greenhalgh
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Spot on
Published 1 month ago by Anthony Tomlin
5.0 out of 5 stars God bless Bob Hoskins RIP
Very sad to lose Bob Hoskins recently. I could watch any of his films for him alone. Here he plays an ex con who is released from prison and gets caught up in the seedy... Read more
Published 3 months ago by chris west
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I had watched it before , but my other half had't, he thought it was brilliant, really enjoyed it, it's a film you can watch over again
Published 3 months ago by Jeanette marsh
4.0 out of 5 stars Mona Lisa-1986
Maggie Thatcher, the Iron Lady resides in No. 10 and George is back after a seven year stretch in HMP. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Richard Cunningham
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