Mona Lisa is a 1986 British neo-noir crime drama film about an ex-convict who becomes entangled in the dangerous life of a high-class call girl. The film 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.


George, a low-level working-class gangster recently released from prison, is given a job in London by his former boss, Denny Mortwell, as the driver and bodyguard for a high-priced prostitute named Simone. Mortwell also wants George to gather information on one of Simone's wealthy customers for blackmail purposes. Simone, who has worked hard to develop high-class manners and an elite clientele, initially dislikes the uncouth and outspoken George, and he regards her as putting on airs. But as George and Simone find out more about each other, they form a friendship, and George begins to fall in love with her. George agrees to risk his own life to help Simone find her teenage friend Cathy, who has disappeared, and who Simone fears is being abused by her violent former pimp, Anderson.

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    contentLocation Brighton England London
    director Neil Jordan
    editor Lesley Walker
    events prostitution
    genre crime drama
    keywords abuse teenage daughter
    musicBy Michael Kamen
    nomination Academy Award for Best Actor
    producer Stephen Woolley
    productionCompany HandMade Films
    publisher Island Records
    theme lgbt-related neo-noir