|Directed by||Michael Radford|
|Produced by||Nik Powell
|Screenplay by||Chloe King
|Based on||B. Monkey
by Andrew Davies
|Music by||Luis Enríquez Bacalov
|Edited by||Joëlle Hache|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
|6 November 1998 (UK)
10 September 1999 (USA)
|Box office||$39,371 (USA)|
B. Monkey is a British-American 1998 crime drama film directed by Michael Radford. Originally, Michael Caton-Jones was attached to direct the adaptation of the homonymous book by Andrew Davies, but left over creative differences.
Alan (Jared Harris) is a schoolteacher in London who also moonlights as a jazz disc jockey for a hospital PA system. One night after work, he goes to a bar and sees Beatrice (Asia Argento), a beautiful woman who is arguing with two men. Alan is immediately captivated 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 arguing with were Paul (Rupert Everett) and Bruno (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a homosexual 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.
|Jared Harris||Alan Furnace|
|Rupert Everett||Paul Neville|
|Jonathan Rhys Meyers||Bruno|
|Julie T. Wallace||Mrs. Sturge|
|Ian Hart||Steve Davis|
|Tim Woodward||Frank Rice|
Film review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a rating of 61% based on 17 reviews. Metacritic has the film listed as a 49 out of 100, indicating mixed reviews, based on 10 critics.
Anita Gates of The New York Times had a mixed review of the film but thought highly of the actors:
|“||The best part of B. Monkey is reveling in the dark side of Rupert Everett. The dissolute Rupert Everett. Rupert Everett, drinking and drugging, destroying his chiseled good looks and recklessly putting his life in danger... which is where the second-best part of B. Monkey comes in: Jared Harris, who is becoming one of the most fascinating actors around.||”|
- "Billets Doux" performed by Django Reinhardt
- "De Camptown Races"
- "They Can't Take That Away from Me" performed by Peggy Lee
- "Trash" performed by Suede
- "Souvenirs" performed by Django Reinhardt
- "Love Anybody You Want" performed by Barcode
- "Life Goes On and On" performed by 9 Lazy 9
- "Two Hearts Entwine"
- "Glory Box" performed by Portishead
- "Imagination" performed by Chet Baker
- "Look Who's Perfect Now" performed by Transistor
- "You're the first, the last, my everything" performed by Barry White
- "Chinese Burn" performed by Curve
- "I'm goin round in circles" performed by Jimmy Witherspoon
- "Tarantelle del Gargano" performed by La Nuova Campagnia di Canto Pooiare
- "D'Amour L'ardent Flamme" performed by The Wiener Volksopernorchester
- "Sweet Jane" performed by Cowboy Junkies
- "Tupelo Honey" performed by Cassandra Wilson
- "Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. 1999-09-10. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
- Trivia at imdb.com
- "Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
- rafaelm. "Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
- Gates, Anita (1999-09-10). "New York Times movie review". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-03-14.