MONA LISA
1986, HandMade Films, 104 min, UK, Dir: Neil Jordan

This superb British crime drama brought Bob Hoskins his sole Oscar nomination (along with a raft of acting awards for this performance). He stars as George, recently released from prison, who is hired by his former boss (Michael Caine) to chauffeur high-class call girl Simone (Cathy Tyson) to her London clients. Despite differing backgrounds, George and Simone develop a friendship, and he is all too eager to help when she tells him about another prostitute in trouble. Costarring Robbie Coltrane.


THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY
1980, HandMade Films, 114 min, UK, Dir: John Mackenzie

One of the all-time great gangster movies. Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins) has clawed his way to the top of the London underworld, but hopes to achieve bigger things through an alliance with the Mafia. But just as Shand is about to seal the deal with the Americans, his criminal empire comes under violent assault from an unknown enemy. Hoskins made his bones as a lead actor with a performance that’s mesmerizing from first appearance to final car ride. Helen Mirren costars.


WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?
1988, Disney, 103 min, USA, Dir: Robert Zemeckis

Director Robert Zemeckis (BACK TO THE FUTURE), with the help of producer Steven Spielberg, made this exhilarating, groundbreaking movie blending live-action and animation, with real people and cartoon characters co-existing in 1940s Hollywood. Toon star Roger Rabbit (voiced by Charles Fleischer) goes to down-on-his-luck private eye Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), hiring him to investigate his supposedly two-timing wife, Jessica. With Joanna Cassidy, Christopher Lloyd, Stubby Kaye. "Sheer, enchanted entertainment from the first frame to the last - a joyous, giddy, goofy celebration of the kind of fun you can have with a movie camera." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


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