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December 25, 2010 11:30 PM   Subscribe

What is the significance of the rabbit in the film Mona Lisa?

When George (Bob Hoskins) tries to approach Mortwell (Michael Caine) post-prison, he brings a white rabbit with floppy ears. What's up with that?

I've read theories online about allusions to fairy-tales, Of Mice and Men and Alice in Wonderland, but there has to be some sort of reason other than aesthetics, right? Like maybe there's some sort of Cockney slang or London underworld custom that refers to rabbits.
posted by infinitewindow to Media & Arts (2 answers total)
Perhaps it was because Hoskins was filming Who Framed Roger Rabbit around the same time?
posted by shoesfullofdust at 4:55 PM on December 26, 2010

Best answer: The only London/SE England slang use of "rabbit" I know of is a verb, "to talk", normally used of someone who talks incessantly or incosequentially.
posted by AmbroseChapel at 2:56 AM on December 27, 2010

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