The Object of Beauty (1991)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudi Davies ...
Mr. Mercer
Victor Swayle
Mr. Slaughter
Rosemary Martin ...
Mrs. Doughty
Frankie (as Roger Lloyd-Pack)
Andrew Hawkins ...
Art Evaluator
Stephen Churchett ...
Mr. Mundy
Annie Hayes ...


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 <>

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A romantic comedy about the fine art of thievery See more »


Crime | Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

12 April 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Objeto de seducción  »

Box Office


$5,186,392 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Elizabeth Perkins was originally cast to play Joan, but had to drop out due to illness. Lolita Davidovich was eventually cast in her place. See more »

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rare gem overlooked as much as statue
18 December 2004 | by (naples, florida) – See all my reviews

It is difficult for me to comprehend why there is only one viewer comment for this film, or why it is rated under a six. If an excellent film is about entertainment, intelligence, great acting and a terrific story with a treasury of clever humor that expounds the deeper meaning of a good relationship between a man and a woman over wealth and selfishly egotistical success, then this is a standout film that achieves a richness of artistic accomplishment that very few films do. No one truly sees the beauty of the bronze statue except the lowly and weathered housekeeper, a financially struggling mute, unable to express the profound feelings that are moving within her in words, but Rudi Davies sure gets it across with her expression and eyes. I had to drive 30 miles to the Cedar Lee Theater, Cleveland's only real art house, during it's original release, but after the film was over I realized it would have been worthwhile if I would have had to walk...some films are just that special

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