Half Moon Street (film)

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Half Moon Street
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byBob Swaim
Produced byGeoffrey Reeve
Written byEdward Behr
Bob Swaim
Paul Theroux
StarringSigourney Weaver
Michael Caine
Music byRichard Harvey
CinematographyPeter Hannan
Edited byRichard Marden
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
13 August 1986
Running time
90 min
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States
Budget$2.3 million[1]

Half Moon Street is a 1986 British-American erotic thriller film directed by Bob Swaim and starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Caine, Keith Buckley, and P.J. Kavanagh. The film is about an American woman working at a British escort service who becomes involved in the political intrigues surrounding one of her clients.

Half Moon Street was the first RKO Pictures solo feature film produced in almost a quarter-century. The previous one was Jet Pilot, made in 1957.

The film was based on the 1984 novel Doctor Slaughter by Paul Theroux. Despite the source material, the film and book have distinct endings.


Dr. Lauren Slaughter is an American woman of considerable intellect, an expert on China who now lives in London, working for a "think tank".

Unhappy with superiors who take credit for her work and dissatisfied with her low wages, Dr. Slaughter moonlights in her flat on Half Moon Street as a paid escort to lonely men. One such, identifying himself by a fake name, turns out to be Lord Bulbeck, a trusted House of Lords member with a key role in national defense.

The two strike up a relationship that goes beyond sex, enjoying each other's conversation and intelligence. However, during a delicate peace negotiation in the Middle East, investigators doing a background check on Lord Bulbeck come upon his relationship with the high-priced call girl, someone they suspect might have an ulterior motive.


  1. ^ AN EXPATRIATE IN PARIS GETS THE HOLLYWOOD BUG Taylor, Clarke. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 16 Aug 1987: C42.

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