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Mona Lisa Smile

Year:
Duration:
117 min
Genres:
Drama
IMDB rate:
6.4
Director:
Mike Newell
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 5 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 2003-12-19
Filming Locations: Massachusetts, USA
Earnings
Budget: $65,000,000
Opening Weekend: $11,528,498 (USA) (21 December 2003)
Gross: $63,695,760 (USA) (22 February 2004)
Cast
Actor
Character
Julia Roberts
Katherine Ann Watson
Kirsten Dunst
Betty Warren
Julia Stiles
Joan Brandwyn
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Giselle Levy
Ginnifer Goodwin
Connie Baker
Dominic West
Bill Dunbar
Juliet Stevenson
Amanda Armstrong
Marcia Gay Harden
Nancy Abbey
John Slattery
Paul Moore
Marian Seldes
President Jocelyn Carr
Donna Mitchell
Mrs. Warren
Terence Rigby
Dr. Edward Staunton
Jennie Eisenhower
Girl at the Station
Leslie Lyles
Housing Director
Laura Allen
Susan Delacorte
Topher Grace
Tommy Donegal
Lily Lodge
House Matron
Jordan Bridges
Spencer Jones
Ebon Moss-Bachrach
Charlie Stewart
Christopher Braden Jones
Bartender
Chuck Montgomery
Tall Man
Taylor Roberts
Louise
John Scurti
Stan Sher
Ed Peed
Taxi Driver
Rony Clanton
Porter
Becky Veduccio
Blue Ship Hostess
Paul Vincent Black
Joseph O'Neill
Lisa Roberts Gillan
Miss Albini
June Miller
Cape Cod Hostess
Aleksa Palladino
Frances the Girl in Italian Class
Charles Techman
Harvard Dorm Monitor
Lauren Adler
Art History Student
Daisy Baldwin
Art History Student
Janine Barris
Art History Student
Emily Bauer
Art History Student
Kirstie Bingham
Art History Student
Jennifer Bowen
Art History Student
Angelique Claire
Art History Student
Nikki Coble
Art History Student
Kristen Connolly
Art History Student
Kristyn Coppola
Art History Student
Kimberly Ehly
Art History Student
Megan Marie Ford
Art History Student
Lauren Fruchter
Art History Student
Kate Glass
Art History Student
Amanda Gruss
Art History Student
Stella Hao
Art History Student
Walker Hays
Art History Student
Michele Hillen
Art History Student
Annika Marks
Art History Student
Amy Montminy
Art History Student
Lily Rabe
Art History Student
Katherine Reilly
Art History Student
Krysten Ritter
Art History Student
Brandy Tipton
Art History Student
Trisha Trokan
Art History Student
Megan Tropea
Art History Student
Maja Wampuszyc
Art History Student (as Maja Walpvszyl)
Mary Pascoe
Photographer (as Mary S. Pascoe)
Elise Passamani
Phyllis
Laura M. Flahive
Wet Girl
Devon Jencks
Wet Girl
Erin E. Richardson
Wet Girl
Emily R. See
Wet Girl
Rob Buntzen
Wedding Planner Host
Richard O'Rourke
Igor
Chris Bonomo
Groomsman
Katherine Argo
Dancer
Shelby Bond
Dancer
Lou Brock
Dancer
Michael Choi
Dancer
Melissa Deles
Dancer
John D. Fowler
Dancer
Nicole Frydman
Dancer
Noelle Gibson
Dancer
Maria Vicens Girau
Dancer
Natalie Gomez
Dancer
Sid Grant
Dancer
Madeleine Hackney
Dancer
Betina Hershey
Dancer
Yuval Hod
Dancer
Richard Jones
Dancer
Jerry Jordan
Dancer
Nickolay Khazanov
Dancer
Nadia Kravets
Dancer
Maria Levinstein
Dancer
KellyDawn Malloy
Dancer
Annette Nicole
Dancer
Lance Olds
Dancer
Joe Palmer
Dancer
Christian Perry
Dancer
Daniel Ponickly
Dancer
Tony Scheppler
Dancer
Solomon Singer
Dancer
Gabriel Vaughan
Dancer
Kim Villanueva
Dancer
Dan Weltner
Dancer
Sarah Billings Wheeler
Dancer
Denise Zadroga
Dancer
Peter J. Rowan
Wedding Photographer
Tori Amos
Wedding Singer
Kevin Osborne
Band Announcer
Brad Mehldau
Pianist
Larry Grenadier
Bass Player
Julie Wagner
Bartender
Jennifer Anderson
Projectionist
Lindsey White
Projectionist
Chris Burke
Custodian
Dorothy Dwyer
Faculty
Melanie Angelique Moyer
Christmas Student
Canedy Knowles
Christmas Student
Kristen Marie Holly
Christmas Student
Carrie Ann Kaye
Christmas Student
Liliane Thomas
Woman on Train
Jackie Sanders
Band Announcer
Corey W. Allen
Giselle's Wedding Date (uncredited)
Kevin Anton
Harvard Student (uncredited)
Rob Armstrong
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Whitney Avalon
Almost-Hit Bike Rider (uncredited)
Eric Bruno Borgman
College Janitor (uncredited)
Jodie Brunelle
Student (uncredited)
Marylouise Burke
President Jocelyn Carr's Secretary (uncredited)
Jean Burns
Hoop Roller (uncredited)
Brooke Campbell
Extra (uncredited)
Katrina Connor
Art History Student (uncredited)
Marcus Allen Cooper
Harvard Student (uncredited)
David J. Cummins
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Michael Cuomo
Swing Dancer (uncredited)
Grenville Cuyler
Phillip McIntyre (uncredited)
Erik Davies
Robert Flint (uncredited)
Marlo DiCrasto
Art History Student (uncredited)
Ashley Dru Douglass
Art History Student (uncredited)
Liesl Ehardt
Joan Brandwyn's Friend (uncredited)
Aprill Fasino
Art History Student / Dancer (uncredited)
Lauren Ferrara
Little Girl (uncredited)
Megan Ferrara
Little Girl (uncredited)
Anna Fields
Eleanor Warren (uncredited)
Jeannette Gould
Faculty (uncredited)
Kathryn Gracey
Professor (uncredited)
Keith Hallworth
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Eric Hersh
Harvard Student (uncredited)
Ashley Hillis
Student (uncredited)
Maureen Isern
Background Train Passenger (uncredited)
Jessica Leigh Johnson
Art History Student (uncredited)
Vivian Kalinov
Artist; Metal Sculptor (uncredited)
Dana Lubotsky
Student (uncredited)
Josh Mann
Harvard Student (uncredited)
Trish McGettrick
Governor's Wife (uncredited)
Denis McKeown
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Marisa Mickel
Student (uncredited)
Mark C. Montague
Business Man (uncredited)
Randi Newton
Miranda (uncredited)
Marni Penning
Art History Student (uncredited)
James Donnell Quinn
Student (uncredited)
Dina Rose Rivera
Art History Student (uncredited)
Lindsay Roth
Student (uncredited)
Maria Rusolo
Swing Dancer (uncredited)
Gabrielle Salinger
Hoop Girl (uncredited)
Megan Sambataro
Student (uncredited)
Cristie Schoen
Alto Sax Player (uncredited)
Matthew Shaffer
Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Stellato
NYC Cabbie (uncredited)
Jill Whitaker
Vanessa McEntyre (uncredited)
Gunna Wilson
Spencer's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
Normally blonde Kirsten Dunst dyed her hair brown for the movie while normally brown Julia Stiles has blonde hair.
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In order to prepare for her role, Julia Roberts observed art history classes at New York University.
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The Harvard Din & Tonics:  the a cappella group singing "Istanbul not Constantinople".
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Goofs
One young woman holds up a blue plastic diaphragm case. In the 1950s, diaphragm cases were cloth or rubber. Plastic cases appeared in the 1970s.
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During the slide show, Dr. Watson says "A Rhodes scholar. I wonder if she recites Geoffrey Chaucer while she presses her husband's shirts". Women were not even permitted to apply for Rhodes scholarships until 1977.
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The "AR" (Adam's Rib) party is supposed to be at 5 PM, and it's winter in New England, yet it appears to be broad daylight outside the windows.
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Quotes
Katherine Watson: Could it get worse?
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Katherine Watson: There are seven law schools within 45 minutes of Philadelphia. You can study and get dinner on the table by 5:00.
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Katherine Watson: Slide. Contemporary art.
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Faq
Q
How does the movie end?
A
Betty tells her suddenly anti-Semite mother that she filed for divorce and plans to leave her cheating husband and live in Greenwich Village with Giselle. Joan has been accepted to Yale law school. However, she elopes and plans to be a wife to her husband in Philadelphia. Connie ends up with Betty's cousin Charlie. Katherine discovers Bill lied about serving in Italy, which leads to their separation. She's offered to stay as a teacher for another year but she can't succumb to the board's restrictions. She leaves in a cab, the girls riding along on bicycles.
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