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Eating Raoul (1982)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 24 March 1982 (USA)
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A relatively boring Los Angeles couple discovers a bizarre, if not murderous, way to get funding for opening a restaurant.

Director:

Paul Bartel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Bartel ... Paul Bland
Mary Woronov ... Mary Bland
Robert Beltran ... Raoul Mendoza
Susan Saiger ... Doris the Dominatrix / Nurse Sally Cummings
Lynn Hobart Lynn Hobart ... Lady Customer
Richard Paul ... Mr. Cray - Liquor Store Owner
Mark Woods Mark Woods ... Hold-up Man
John Shearin ... Mr. Baker - the Horny Patient
Darcy Pulliam Darcy Pulliam ... Nurse Sheila
Ben Haller Ben Haller ... Dewey
Roberta Spero Roberta Spero ... Swinger
Vernon Demetrius Vernon Demetrius ... Swinger
Arlene Harris Arlene Harris ... Swinger
Buster Wilson Buster Wilson ... Swinger
Marta Fergusson Marta Fergusson ... Swinger
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Storyline

When a Paul enters his apartment to find Mary fighting off a swinger who has gotten into the wrong apartement (and thinks that Mary is just playing hard to get) he hits the man with a frying pan, killing him. Their dreams of running a small resturant seem to be in jeopardy until they decide to dispose of the body, keep the wallet, and to advertise for other sexually oriented visitors who are summarily killed, bagged, robbed and disposed of. This goes along quite well until one night a burglar named Raoul breaks in and cuts himself in for a piece of the action. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

An outrageous comedy of sex and murder [Australia Theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Comiendose a Raúl See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was inspired by Paul Bartel's wish to make a personal eccentric film that would star both himself and Andy Warhol regular Mary Woronov. See more »

Goofs

The man killed while Mary is wearing the "cartoon mouse" costume can be seen breathing while lying on the floor. See more »

Quotes

Sex Shop Salesman: Le Orgy Gel comes in lemon, mint, cherry or trail mix.
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Crazy Credits

"The Gang" is credited as the performers of the Doggie King commercial. See more »

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Referenced in Reel (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Deutschland uber Alles
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Joseph Haydn and lyrics by August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben
[Incorrectly credited as Traditional]
Arranged by Michael Reynolds (pseudonym of George S. Chase)
Thomas J. Valentino Music Inc
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A heartwarmingly black comedy full of murders
25 August 2003 | by YASSee all my reviews

This movie keeps ending up on my top ten list, no matter how many others come and go with the years. Director Paul Bartel began with a ridiculous premise, and then had everyone play it perfectly straight, which resulted in a comedy that doesn't telegraph its laughs. It's evident that the film was lovingly polished (again) in postproduction, down to the level of tiny incidental sound effects that add immeasurably to the hilarity if you happen to catch them. The story is full of murders, but there's no gore 'n guts here; it's all as discreet as an Agatha Christie novel, where Death is tastefully signaled by a thud from another room. EATING RAOUL is an excellent introduction to the topics of Los Angeles, food, swingers, and real estate loans, and resist as you may, you'll end up cheering for Paul and Mary as they work toward their dream of opening their very own restaurant.


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