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Half Moon Street (1986)

Dr. Slaughter, a researcher in London who works as a high class hooker in her spare time, becomes a pawn in a dangerous political game, when her latest john Lord Bulbeck, who's negotiating an Arab-Israeli peace treaty, falls for her.

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Lauren Slaughter
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Lord Bulbeck
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General Sir George Newhouse
Faith Kent ...
Lady Newhouse
Ram John Holder ...
Lindsay Walker
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Hugo Van Arkady
Ann Hanson ...
Mrs. Van Arkady
Patrick Newman ...
Julian Shuttle
Niall O'Brien ...
Captain Twilley
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Karim Hatami
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Sonny
Muriel Villiers ...
Madame Cybele
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Tom Haldane
Ninka Scott ...
Mrs. Haldane
Jasper Jacob ...
Rex Lanham
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Storyline

Dr. Lauren Slaughter, a research fellow at the Arab-Anglo Institute in London is utterly frustrated by her job. To supplement her income, she starts moonlighting at the Jasmine Escort Service, where she has more control over men and money than she does at the office. On one of her 'dates', Lauren meets the politician Lord Bulbeck who is trying to mediate a peace accord between the Arabs and Israelis. Bulbeck falls in love with his escort, and unwittingly, Lauren becomes a pawn in some very dirty politics. Written by Thorsten Roskowetz <itroskow@mordor.informatik.uni-osnabrueck.de>

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Dr. Lauren Slaughter, professor, emissary, hooker, target.

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26 September 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diplomás örömlány  »

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$1,131,399 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed before Aliens (1986), but released afterwards. Production on this film was running behind, and ultimately, Sigourney Weaver ended up with only a couple of days off, between the completion of her work on this, and starting shooting on Aliens (1986). See more »

Goofs

When the would-be assassin enters the bathroom he attempts to switch on the light using a 4-gang wall-switch. It is illegal (in the UK) to have such switches inside a bathroom. If wall-switches are used, they must be outside. The alternative is to use cord-operated ceiling-switches. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Lauren Slaughter: Am I supposed to say "Your place or mine?"
Karim Hatami: No. These days, you say "Betamax or VHS?"
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Connections

References They Drive by Night (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

East 34th Street
Music by Dick Walter
KPM Music Ltd
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An academic moonlights as a hooker and gets involved with a prominent diplomat? There's something you don't see every day
27 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Who doesn't love a good intrigue every now and then? There are many authors and filmmakers who are good at creating it, such as the late and great Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock. It's always nice to see a story that's never been told, which is one of the great things about today. Books and film can push the envelope and be even more based in reality than ever before. Current writers and directors take things a step further than their predecessors were allowed to. Such is the case with this film, based on half of Paul Theroux's novel 'Half Moon Street,' which tells a story involving mystery, politics, terrorism, and prostitution. When you have all those together in a story how can you go wrong?

Pros: Performances are excellent and the two stars have great chemistry. An original and compelling story. Nice score. Beautifully photographed. Well-paced. Fine direction. Also quite well written. Some good twists and turns. Riveting from the start.

Cons: There are moments where it's obvious what Lauren Slaughter is doing is getting to her, but this is never explored. Would have added an interesting dimension to the film.

Final thoughts: This is unfortunately a mostly forgotten film, but fortunately MGM put it on DVD a few years back so fans of either of the two stars and/or Mystery/Thriller aficionados can check it out. A very well done and engrossing little film with a story that may sound a bit out in left field, but the people in front of and behind the camera pull it off so well.

My rating: 5/5


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