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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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(scenario & adaptation), (scenario & adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

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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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Storyline

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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An Experience That Hammers Your Sensibilities. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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22 May 1973 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Comilança  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In the final scene in the garden - where Philipe is sitting on the bench, there is a poem by Dorothy Frances Gurney written on the bench. Many garden lovers have this poem written in their gardens. It says: "Kiss of the sun for pardon. Song of the birds for mirth. You're closer to God's heart in a garden than any place else on earth." See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Marcello: You should do a special menu. "A dinner offered by four Burgundian gentlemen to three nice Canterbury whores!"
Philippe: Ah, so they're whores, eh?
Michel: What did you expect?
Philippe: I've got a great menu idea. "The Whore Menu"! A sauté of fat and lean given by four gourmand gourmets, epicures for three young ladies, in twelve courses.
Marcello: That's it.
Philippe: Crayfish à la Mozart on a bed of rice à la Sully, with Sauce Aurora.
Marcello: Not bad.
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Connections

Featured in One Hundred and One Nights (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

La Grande Bouffe (Générique)
Written by Philippe Sarde, Orchestra directed by Hubert Rostaing
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Never forgot this movie
22 November 2014 | by (Ogden, Utah) – See all my reviews

This movie was so colorful...I just never forgot it and the concept was engaging. I saw this movie in San Francisco in '73 or '74... I cannot remember all the details in order, but yes, three guys went to a villa in the countryside of France and ordered huge amounts of food to be delivered. At first, you just thought it was a fun party, then it got to be bigger and bigger...women came by, etc, etc. I had lived in Europe just prior to seeing this movie and I so enjoyed the scenery and just the ambiance. I assumed it was not a what they would call a full running movie and just played in certain theaters but a place like San Francisco in the 70's had the right audience.


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