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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Stylish, selfish and broke. They lost everything and found each other. See more »


Crime | Comedy | Drama

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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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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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living well is the best revenge
21 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The object in question is a pint-sized Henry Moore statuette, owned by shallow sophisticate Andie McDowell and appraised at $35,000, an amount in many ways even more beautiful to its owner than the item itself. Especially when McDowell and her 'husband' (played to haughty perfection by John Malkovich) find themselves at a fiscal disadvantage while living beyond their means in a posh London hotel. In the vernacular of the upwardly mobile, they aren't 'fluid', and when the statuette disappears they immediately accuse each other of plotting to collect the insurance value. The film is an underhanded, cynical, satirical poke at American materialism, pointless in the end because nothing is resolved. But the plot itself is secondary to the characters (ugly though they are), and rarely have two actors been better suited to their roles: McDowell's poor little rich girl routine is by now second nature, and Malkovich captures all the self-absorbed boredom of the ersatz upper class with his languid voice and steady reptilian gaze.

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