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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jake
... Tina
... Joan
... Jenny
... Mr. Mercer
... Victor Swayle
... Steve
... Larry
... Mr. Slaughter
Rosemary Martin ... Mrs. Doughty
... Frankie (as Roger Lloyd-Pack)
Andrew Hawkins ... Gordon
... Art Evaluator
... 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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Stylish, selfish and broke. They lost everything and found each other. 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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Edited into Screen Two: The Object of Beauty (1992) See more »

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An Excellent Film, Not Given Enough Credit
27 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is by far one of my favorite little films, & just yesterday I bought it on DVD for a mere pittance ($6 & change)& settled in happily to enjoy it again. Only once in a blue moon does it turn up on artsy/independent film-type channels, so don't hold your breath looking for it on TV.

Everyone in this film is perfectly cast, & what makes it come together so beautifully is that each character in this piece exhibits faults & foibles, as we all do. It's so refreshing to watch something entertaining where the characters are portrayed as "real" - albeit flawed - people. In addition, the jazz musical score throughout the film fits the mood like a glove.

My favorite not-to-be-missed extremely funny scene? John Malkovich's "Jake", in a moment of depressed exasperation, talking aloud to himself composing his own obituary. I laugh every time I hear it - his delivery is perfect. Another favorite scene, very poignant, is when Mr. Malkovich's "Jake" phones his parents, after an apparently long absence, with the apparent intention of requesting monetary assistance. From the one-sided conversation you hear, you get an automatic insight into "Jake"'s upbringing, & perhaps why he's taken the path he has. Even though short, it's an extremely moving & insightful scene.

This movie is definitely worth renting if you can find it - but for the money, it's also worth adding to one's permanent DVD collection.


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