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The Object of Beauty (1991)

 -  Crime | Comedy | Drama  -  12 April 1991 (USA)
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This story is about a ne'er do well and his girlfriend search for a thief.

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Tina
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Joan
Rudi Davies ...
Jenny
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Mr. Mercer
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Victor Swayle
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Steve
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Larry
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Mr. Slaughter
Rosemary Martin ...
Mrs. Doughty
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Frankie (as Roger Lloyd-Pack)
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Gordon
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Mr. Mundy
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American couple Jake and Tina are living in an expensive London hotel way beyond what they can afford. When they were asked to pay the bill, Jake wants to sell Tina's 20.000 pound Henry Moore sculpture, but she is not happy about that. The deaf-mute hotel maid admires the sculpture for its beauty rather than its value. When the sculpture goes missing, the couple start fighting over it... Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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12 April 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Objeto de seducción  »

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Worth seeking out
26 March 2014 | by (Whitehorse, Yukon) – See all my reviews

There's a genre I like to call "little English comedy" that really traces its roots back to the Ealing studios in the late 40s. The movies didn't have high budgets (they couldn't afford them), but frequently had clever scripts that made them eminently watchable (Alec Guiness got his start there in movies like The Man in the White Suite and The Horse's Mouth).

The Object of Beauty fits this category nicely. It's a little puzzling that it didn't do better, actually, with two American leads and rave reviews from Siskel and Ebert. Their review, in fact, is the only reason I happened to be on the lookout for this one.

It's an elegant, witty comedy of manners. It's carefully, quietly scripted, and rather subtle. Totally worth seeking out.


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