B. Monkey (1999)




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In this witty romantic thriller, Alan (Jared Harris) is a London schoolteacher who leads a quiet, mildly stuffy life. As a hobby, he serves as a jazz disc jockey, spinning tunes for a hospital's public address system, but he craves danger and excitement. One night, Alan stops into a bar for a drink and sees Beatrice (Asia Argento), a beautiful woman who is arguing with two men. Alan is immediately enraptured by Beatrice and begins to pursue her. What Alan doesn't know is that Beatrice is an infamous thief known to the police as "B. Monkey" (named for her ability to break into anything), and the men she was quarreling with were Paul (Rupert Everett) and Bruno (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a gay couple who are her partners in crime. When Alan becomes aware of Beatrice's secret, he tries to lead her into a safer and more honest way of life, even as she lures him into the thrilling existence he's been dreaming of. Leading lady Asia Argento is the daughter of Italian horror auteur Dario Argento.
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Asia Argento
as Beatrice
Julie T. Wallace
as Mrs. Sturge
Ian Hart
as Steve
Bryan Pringle
as Goodchild
Clare Higgins
as Cherry
Marc Warren
as Terence
Paul Ireland
as Barman
Kate McGeever
as Judith
Jason Ross
as Rudy
Amanda Boxer
as Tory Lady
Vincent Regan
as Johnny Hart
Kerry Shale
as Texan
Garry Catlin
as Jim Arkwright
Jason Howard
as Ricky Sturge
Tony Cyrus
as Algerian Man
Paul Angelis
as Gangster
Robin Lermitte
as Manager
Dick Brannick
as Mr. Gibson
Seretta Wilson
as Texan Wife
Eddie Marsan
as Young Thug
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Critic Reviews for B. Monkey

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

This is a terrible film, and often times very boring, droning, and unrealistic...

Full Review… | April 28, 2009
Cinema Crazed

No one does enough to overcome its formulaic crime story, its lack of gritty authenticity and its squishy inert romance.

Full Review… | February 9, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Shows stretch marks from the start.

Full Review… | April 17, 2001
Matinee Magazine

. . . you have the stunning Rhys-Myers to look at. Thick lips and wild eyes have never found a better face to land on.

Full Review… | April 8, 2001

A cold piece of machinery.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999

Hands down, it's one of the outstanding films of the year.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for B. Monkey

(***): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Interesting and with a strong cast.


B. Monkey is an interesting crime thriller with an unconventional romance, offbeat characters & an entrancing complex leading lady.

Jake Patrick
Jake Patrick

Solid movie. Good music, cast, story, and Asia Argento is sexier than ever. The ending was not what I expected, but I liked it.

Jeff B
Jeff B

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