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La grande bouffe (1973)

NC-17 | | Comedy, Drama | 22 May 1973 (France)
A group of men hire some prostitutes and go to a villa in the countryside. There, they engage in group sex and resolve to eat themselves to death.

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Marcello
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Michel
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Philippe
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Ugo
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Andrea (as Andréa Ferreol)
Solange Blondeau ...
Danielle
Florence Giorgetti ...
Anne
Michèle Alexandre ...
Nicole
Monique Chaumette ...
Madeleine
Henri Piccoli ...
Hector
Maurice Dorléac
Simon Tchao ...
Le délégué de l'ambassade de Chine
Louis Navarre ...
Braguti
Bernard Menez ...
Pierre
Cordelia Piccoli ...
Barbara
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Four successful middle-aged men Marcello, a pilot; Michel, a television executive; Ugo, a chef; and, Philippe, a judge go to Philippe's villa to eat themselves to death. After the first night, Marcello insists that women should join them. Three prostitutes make it through a day or two; Andrea, a local school teacher, stays to the end. The villa, the food, and a Bugati roadster are essential props. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Vulgar Vaudeville On An Epic Scale... A Mordant, Chilling, Hillarious Dirty Movie. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexuality | See all certifications »

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22 May 1973 (France)  »

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A Comilança  »

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The film was originally shown unlicensed in the UK at the Curzon Cinema in Mayfair, and led pro-censorship campaigner Mary Whitehouse to bring a prosecution against the film under the Vagrancy Act (accusing the cinema owners of "keeping a disorderly house"). The case was thrown out and led censor James Ferman to extend the Obscene Publications Act to cover films, thus preventing movies with 'artistic merit' from suffering prosecution. The film was eventually passed fully uncut for video in 1994. See more »

Goofs

After Philippe says to Nicole "actor incombit probatio", a crew member can be seen in the mirror. See more »

Quotes

Ugo: Wanting to be Marlon Brando is vanity.
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Connections

Featured in Frank Bordoni's Blow Out (2006) See more »

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La Grande Bouffe (Générique)
Written by Philippe Sarde, Orchestra directed by Hubert Rostaing
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An extraordinary movie. Sad and depressing but shot through with black humour.
13 January 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'La Grande Bouffe' (aka 'Blow-Out') is an extraordinary movie, the kind of movie you just can't imagine getting made these days. While shot through with black humour it is very sad and depressing, and for me just as bleak as say, 'Leaving Las Vegas'. Instead of alcohol these dissatisfied men decide to kill themselves using food. Marcello Mastroianni is the best known of the four stars but Michel Piccoli (Belle De Jour), Ugo Tognazzi and and Philippe Noiret are equally impressive. The acting from all four is first rate and really makes the premise believable. Director Marco Ferreri went on to make the Bukowski adaptation 'Tales Of Ordinary Madness' another uncompromising, f*cked up and beautiful movie. I highly recommend both films which are difficult viewing, but worth the effort.


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