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The Object of Beauty (1991)

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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 <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Love is more than dollars and sex. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

12 April 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Object of Beauty  »

Box Office


$5,186,392 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Edited into Screen Two: The Object of Beauty (1992) See more »

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Definitely worth more than the 2 star rating given on Comcast Xfinity
25 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

John Malkovich (Jake) was really good looking in 1991 when he was 38. Andie MacDowell (Tina)was 33. In a nude scene from the rear and partial side she is drop dead gorgeous.

Jake and Tina are stylish, selfish and broke. He is a wheeler dealer who's latest gamble on a shipment of cocoa is a disaster, and his credit is maxed out. She owns, and adores, a small Henry Moore bronze figure of which only 9 were cast and then the mold was broken. It is their only thing of monetary value. She muses about reporting it stolen to collect on its insurance, but he says it is too risky. The sculpture goes missing. A deaf-mute hotel maid admired the sculpture for its beauty rather than its value. The plot thread about her is perhaps the heart of the film, but I enjoyed most of all the character development of Jake and Tina.

The film is a delightful exploration of how the two lovers deal with the disappearance. Spot on acting and directing. I loved it.

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