Half Moon Street (film)

Not to be confused with The Man in Half Moon Street.
Half Moon Street

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bob Swaim
Produced by Geoffrey Reeve
Written by Edward Behr
Bob Swaim
Paul Theroux
Starring Sigourney Weaver
Michael Caine
Patrick Kavanagh
Faith Kent
Ram John Holder
Music by Richard Harvey
Cinematography Peter Hannan
Edited by Richard Marden
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
13 August 1986
Running time
90 min
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $2.3 million[1]

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

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.


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 their lovemaking, enjoying each other's conversation and intelligence. But 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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