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The Object of Beauty (1991)

This story is about a ne'er do well and his girlfriend search for a thief.

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Jake
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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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Art Evaluator
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Mr. Mundy
Annie Hayes ...
Housekeeper
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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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A romantic comedy about the fine art of thievery See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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12 April 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Object of Beauty  »

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$5,186,392
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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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Worth seeking out

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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