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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:
John Malkovich ... Jake
Andie MacDowell ... Tina
Lolita Davidovich ... Joan
Rudi Davies ... Jenny
Joss Ackland ... Mr. Mercer
Bill Paterson ... Victor Swayle
Ricci Harnett ... Steve
Peter Riegert ... Larry
Jack Shepherd ... Mr. Slaughter
Rosemary Martin Rosemary Martin ... Mrs. Doughty
Roger Lloyd Pack ... Frankie (as Roger Lloyd-Pack)
Andrew Hawkins Andrew Hawkins ... Gordon
Pip Torrens ... Art Evaluator
Stephen Churchett ... Mr. Mundy
Annie Hayes Annie Hayes ... Housekeeper
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Storyline

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 »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Object of Beauty See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,186,392
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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Funny and Bittersweet; One of my Favorites
20 October 2012 | by bejasusSee all my reviews

This film probably has the highest ratio of great lines/minute of any film other than "Withnail and I." If you liked "Withnail and I," you might like this one. For all their differences, the two films share many of the same characteristics: a great script, a couple of grifters as main characters, quotable lines, funny scenes, and one or two moments that will break your heart. The two main characters in this film are also scroungers -- but at a high-end London hotel. The film follows them as they try to climb out of a hole they've dug for themselves, but the plot is less important than the characters. It's a great cast, working with a clever script. Like "Withnail and I," it's funny and ironic, but about love and hopes and individual identity underneath all that. Some of the scenes -- the funny ones and the bittersweet ones -- have stayed with me for years. I think it is John Malkovich's best role (which is saying something); Andi McDowell's also (which is saying less, but she is well nigh perfect in this).


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