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Half Moon Street
Half Moon Street
Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Caine, Patrick Kavanagh, Faith Kent, Ram John Holder
Director: Bob Swaim
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2003     1hr 30min

Professor by day. Prostitute by night. Two-time Golden GlobeÂ(r) winner* Sigourney Weaver "shows her best stuff [in this] provocative" (Los Angeles Times) and stunning sexual thriller.Co-starring two-time OscarÂ(r) winner*...  more »


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Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Caine, Patrick Kavanagh, Faith Kent, Ram John Holder
Director: Bob Swaim
Creators: Peter Hannan, Bob Swaim, Richard Marden, Edward R. Pressman, Geoffrey Reeve, Edward Behr, Paul Theroux
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/03/2003
Original Release Date: 09/26/1986
Theatrical Release Date: 09/26/1986
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 17
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Overlooked little gem
john wilkin | nashville, tn USA | 08/02/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"As a fan of the writings of Paul Theroux, I try to watch whatever of his works gets filmed. This film has a good story and a good cast but no big Hollywood hype, so it got overlooked. It was refreshing to see Miss Weaver in another role besides co-starring with the Alien monster. I have never seen a bad Michael Caine film; he's one of those actors for whom there are no small parts. As Lord Bulbeck, a semi-aristocratic British politician, he shows a sense of power and responsibility publicly, while he discretely slips into a romance with Sigorney Weaver's character Dr. Lauren Slaughter. She is a modern intellectual PhD working for a London based Middle Eastern think tank, earning so little money she resorts to hooking on the side. But she is funny, charming and practical in her approach. There is some delightful frontal nudity, perhaps her only appearance like this in film. There is intrigue and political perspective revealed through the many characters with diverse nationalities and agendas. This is a small film which shows the tensions and cultural differences between the Arab and British worlds of business and politics
that have become even more apparent lately. It should be available on DVD and cable."
A n excelant intrigue/spy/etc film
William Hare | 05/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Seems this one is somewhat unknown, but if you love Siggy, as I do, then it's a must have. Michael Cain plays oposite. She is a high priced call girl (escort) 'cause she can't make enough money at her real job at fellowship for "Middle Eastern Studies" He's a high ranking diplomat and needs some release from his high stress job. Lord Bobeck, or something. He gets his release from Siggy, and almost gets her killed. I don't want to spoil it by telling much more, but I can tell you I have most of Siggy's movies, and while I love 'em all, this is one of my favorites. get to see her nude a lot! None of that in "Gorillas in the Mist" If you can find it, buy it."
For Sigourney Weaver & Michael Caine Fans
The JuRK | Our Vast, Cultural Desert | 05/17/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This movie got soundly trashed when it was released in 1986 but I really liked it for a couple reasons.The first, I loved the Paul Theroux book on which it's based. In the book, there are actually two stories. The movie takes its story from "Dr. Slaughter." (The other story, "Doctor DeMarr", is about a twin who foolishly resumes his brother's medical practice after finding him dead from a drug overdose).The second, I had been really wanting to see Sigourney Weaver in a sexy role after battling the ALIEN and evil spirits in GHOSTBUSTERS. (THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, an excellent film from a few years before with Mel Gibson, was romantic(...)). HALF MOON STREET definitely turned more to the erotic and even scratched the surface of sordid.
That's my only disappointment with the film: the corrosive effects of her double-life are played more situational than emotional. She was smart (...) but the film jumps into suspense and intrigue at the point where she would really have to suffer the inner consequences of her lifestyle. Or lifestyles, as it they were.
Theroux's original story manages to capture it in the final line (not an easy thing to do!).I'd read an interview with Ms. Weaver and she said she'd wished the script had given her character more of a sense of humor. That would've been a great approach! I can see why they'd nix her idea (keep her character SMART!), but she would've come across less smug about being an escort. If you like intrigue with hints of eroticism--and Michael Caine, who's always great--then this movie is worth watching."
Not much of interest here
David Bonesteel | Fresno, CA United States | 08/22/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Dr. Lauren Slaughter (Sigourney Weaver), an underpaid political analyst, turns to high-end prostitution in order to make ends meet, thereby encountering an influential British politician, Lord Bulbeck (Michael Caine), who is trying to broker a Middle East peace deal. Before long, she is imperiled by an attempt to assassinate Bulbeck and derail the negotiations.

This implausible film doesn't know what it wants to be. Its best moments are the scenes between Weaver and Caine, but unfortunately there's a lot of nonsense to clutter up the plot. Weaver's character is supposed to be intelligent and worldly, yet she hooks under her own name and appears to be surprised later when her unique choice of sideline costs her some credibility in intellectual circles. In addition, it seems unnecessary for the director/writer Bob Swaim and his co-writer Edward Behr to have made her a prostitute at all. Novelist Paul Theroux may have justified it thematically in the original novel, but on the screen it just plays out as a particularly implausible pretext for her to meet Lord Bulbeck. After spending most of the running time developing this relationship, the film concludes with a cliched 15 minutes or so of uninteresting violence, leaving the affair between the two main characters unresolved."