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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

Two Americans living sumptuously abroad find their relationship challenged by an unexpected lack of finances. When Jake, a commodities broker, is unable to pay the bills (due to a dock strike that holds up a cocoa shipment), he suggests that Tina (sensuous, beautiful and still married to another man) file an insurance claim on her 'little Henry Moore' in order to help pay their bills. Tina balks. The statue is her only source of security, all that she owns in the whole world. Does he realize what he's asking of her? Then, the statue simply disappears. Circumstances become more dire and questions emerge. Can Tina trust Jake? Can Jake trust Tina? When things spin out of their control, each is forced to reckon with doubt-doubt of themselves, doubt of each other and doubt of the strength of their bond. As it is with love, "to some people, cocoa is very scary." The story that unfolds is sensuous, understated, witty and elegant-a true 'Object of Beauty.' Written by JCrickett

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A romantic comedy about the fine art of thievery See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Details

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$208,119, 14 April 1991

Gross USA:

$5,136,759

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,136,759
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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 »

Quotes

Tina: Jake, I've got a very naughty idea.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Buried Treasures - 1992 Edition (1992) See more »

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rare gem overlooked as much as statue
18 December 2004 | by nuntukamenSee all my reviews

It is difficult for me to comprehend why there is only one viewer comment for this film, or why it is rated under a six. If an excellent film is about entertainment, intelligence, great acting and a terrific story with a treasury of clever humor that expounds the deeper meaning of a good relationship between a man and a woman over wealth and selfishly egotistical success, then this is a standout film that achieves a richness of artistic accomplishment that very few films do. No one truly sees the beauty of the bronze statue except the lowly and weathered housekeeper, a financially struggling mute, unable to express the profound feelings that are moving within her in words, but Rudi Davies sure gets it across with her expression and eyes. I had to drive 30 miles to the Cedar Lee Theater, Cleveland's only real art house, during it's original release, but after the film was over I realized it would have been worthwhile if I would have had to walk...some films are just that special


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