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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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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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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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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 »

Connections

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

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odd little head
1 December 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Jake (John Malkovich) and Tina (Andie MacDowell) are living beyond their means in a classy London hotel. Hotel manager Mr. Mercer (Joss Ackland) and his underling Victor Swayle keep trying to collect. Jake is down from a cocoa investment in Sierra Leone. Tina has a small highly priced Henry Moore sculpture from her husband Larry (Peter Riegert) which Jake would like to sell. Joan (Lolita Davidovich) is her friend. Deaf maid Jenny steals it for its beauty. The hotel investigates. The insurance company stalls on paying the claim. Distrust grows between the couple. Jenny's brother Steve tries to sell the ugly little sculpture.

As a comedy, it's not that funny. It's intermittently quirky. Its pacing does not give it the needed tension. It's a bit of an odd duck. It has a darkness but isn't dark enough to be compelling. Nobody is worth rooting for. I worry more about the sculpture than any of the characters. This film needs an upgrade in intensity. I have questions about how Victor gets to ransack Jenny's home. I also have questions about who that lady is to Jenny. I would be more interested in following the odd little head than any of these characters.


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