B. Monkey

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B. Monkey
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DVD cover
Directed by Michael Radford
Produced by Nik Powell
Colin Vaines
Stephen Woolley
Screenplay by Chloe King
Michael Radford
Michael Thomas
Based on B. Monkey
by Andrew Davies
Starring Asia Argento
Jared Harris
Rupert Everett
Music by Luis Enríquez Bacalov
Jennie Muskett
Cinematography Ashley Rowe
Edited by Joëlle Hache
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date
6 November 1998 (UK)
10 September 1999 (USA)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $39,371 (USA)[1]

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.


Actor Role
Asia Argento Beatrice
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
Bryan Pringle Goodchild


Film review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a rating of 61% based on 17 reviews.[2] Metacritic has the film listed as a 49 out of 100, indicating mixed reviews, based on 10 critics.[3]

Anita Gates of The New York Times had a mixed review of the film but thought highly of the actors:



  1. ^ "Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. 1999-09-10. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  2. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  3. ^ rafaelm. "Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  4. ^ Gates, Anita (1999-09-10). "New York Times movie review". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 

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