GenreCrime, Comedy, Drama CinematographyDavid Watkin WriterMichael Lindsay-Hogg LanguageEnglish
Release dateApril 12, 1991 CastJohn Malkovich (Jake), Andie MacDowell (Tina), Lolita Davidovich (Joan), Rudi Davies (Jenny), Joss Ackland (Mr. Mercer) Similar moviesAndie MacDowell and Bill Paterson appear in The Object of Beauty and Crush
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The Object of Beauty is a 1991 comedy crime–drama film directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg and starring John Malkovich and Andie MacDowell.
Jake and Tina have taken up residence in a London hotel, living way beyond their means. He is a commodities broker whose shipment of cocoa beans is tied up by a Third World country's revolution. She is a woman with extravagant tastes who is still technically married to Larry, her first husband.
The two of them are so broke that when it comes time to pay for a dinner at the hotel, Jake hands a credit card to the waiter and prays that it won't be canceled. A pair of hotel executives, Mercer and Swayle, repeatedly make attempts to confront Jake and Tina about their growing unpaid bill.
Only one object stands between the couple and total insolvency. That is a tiny sculpture by Henry Moore that was given to Tina by her husband as a gift. But just as she and Jake hatch a scheme to pretend the object is stolen and collect the insurance on it, a deaf housekeeper, Jenny, decides to steal it for herself.
After she steals it Tina and Jake get upset. Then Jenny's brother decides to take it and sell it, but nobody will buy it and he ends up losing it. Jenny searches with her brother and find it in a heap of rubble. Jenny returns it then steals it again and when the insurance company comes she hands it over. Jake and Tina auction it off later and are able to pay for everything and go on vacation.
John Malkovich as Jake
Andie MacDowell as Tina
Lolita Davidovich as Joan
Rudi Davies as Jenny
Joss Ackland as Mr. Mercer
Bill Paterson as Victor Swayle
Ricci Harnett as Steve
Peter Riegert as Larry
Jack Shepherd as Mr. Slaughter
Rosemary Martin as Mrs. Doughty
Roger Lloyd-Pack as Frankie
Andrew Hawkins as Gordon
Pip Torrens as Art evaluator
Stephen Churchett as Mr. Mundy
Annie Hayes as Housekeeper
Richard Ireson as Night porter
Barry Gordon as Auctioneer
Jeremy Sinden as Jonathan
Ginger Corbett as Melissa
John Crocker as Waiter
Victoria Willing as Portuguese maid #1
Lara De Almeida as Portuguese maid #2
Liz Daniels as Portuguese maid #3
Andy Cavenash as Steve's friend
Wayne Bailey as Steve's friend
Colin Parker as Steve's friend
Stewart Miller as Steve's friend
Brian Coyle as Steve's friend
Dillon O'Mahoney as Steve's friend
Massimo Burlini as Enrico
Mario Nocerino as Italian father
The film received fairly positive reviews from critics. It currently holds a 77% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.