MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,971 this week

La Grande Bouffe (1973)
"La grande bouffe" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  20 May 1973 (France)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 7,551 users  
Reviews: 37 user | 40 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(scenario & adaptation), (scenario & adaptation), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 24 Jan 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 03 Apr 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 15 Nov 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 09 Mar 2013
 
a list of 34 titles
created 01 Sep 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "La Grande Bouffe" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: La Grande Bouffe (1973)

La Grande Bouffe (1973) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of La Grande Bouffe.
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Back home, Glauco, an industrial designer, finds his wife in bed with a serious headache. She has left him dinner but it is cold and Glauco decides to prepare himself a gourmet meal. While ... See full summary »

Director: Marco Ferreri
Stars: Michel Piccoli, Anita Pallenberg, Gino Lavagetto
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A man walking on the beach near New York City finds the corpse of King Kong. He also finds Kong's orphaned son, and takes it to a friend who lives in the city, and they decide to raise it.

Director: Marco Ferreri
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Marcello Mastroianni, James Coco
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Poet/lecturer Charles Serking awakens from his alcoholic haze long enough to take a bus back to L.A. and plunge into an orgy of drink and sexual depravity.

Director: Marco Ferreri
Stars: Ben Gazzara, Ornella Muti, Susan Tyrrell
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Directors: Eduardo De Filippo, Marco Ferreri, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Catherine Spaak, Virna Lisi
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Liza slowly replaces Melampo, Giorgio's dog. While she accepts it, Giorgio forces her to wear collars and leashes.

Director: Marco Ferreri
Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Marcello Mastroianni, Corinne Marchand
Biography | Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A highly stylized surreal farce about the events leading up to Custer's Last Stand anachronistically reenacted in an urban renewal area in modern Paris.

Director: Marco Ferreri
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Michel Piccoli
Chiedo asilo (1979)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Roberto has a new job as the teacher at a nursery school. The first child he meets is Gianluigi, who's mute. Roberto is spirited, bringing a TV into class, then a donkey. He takes children ... See full summary »

Director: Marco Ferreri
Stars: Roberto Benigni, Francesca De Sapio, Dominique Laffin
Her Harem (1967)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A seductive woman pushes three men to the limits toying with their sexual desires and male pride.

Director: Marco Ferreri
Stars: Carroll Baker, Gastone Moschin, Renato Salvatori
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Marco Ferreri
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Hanna Schygulla, Marcello Mastroianni
Nitrate Base (1996)
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The film celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of cinema. It presents the technical and artistic evolution of the motion pictures. We move from mute to sound, from black-and-white ... See full summary »

Director: Marco Ferreri
Stars: László Balogh, Eric Berger, Ingrid Bergman
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Marco Ferreri
Stars: Jerry Calà, Sabrina Ferilli, Valentino Macchi
The Flesh (1991)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A beautiful film which is basically about a man, a piano player, who meets and falls in love with a beautiful and voluptuous woman, who, by some strange procedure, leaves the man unable to ... See full summary »

Director: Marco Ferreri
Stars: Sergio Castellitto, Francesca Dellera, Philippe Léotard
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Marcello
...
Michel
...
Philippe
...
Ugo
Andréa Ferréol ...
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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

villa | death | prostitute | pilot | judge | See All (95) »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

20 May 1973 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Comilança  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Gross:

SEK 837,872 (Sweden)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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.
See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Godfather (1972) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Self-Destructive Hedonism
22 August 2012 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Four friends, Marcello, Philippe, Ugo, and Michel, gather at an old villa owned by one of them, in order to spend a week in there eating in enormous quantities and excessively. They also invite some prostitutes and drag in an elementary school teacher they had met, so that they can plunge into a surfeit of both food and sex. The grotesque and tense atmosphere becomes even more so when people start to get sick, and the real means of the gathering subtly becomes clear. Driven by four outstanding performances, Marco Ferreri's (arguably) most talked-about film, with surprising focus and vividness¬, is able to criticize all at once the excess of pleasure, an entire social class of a generation, and the futile and arrogant attempt to surmount the human limits, and it does so by utilizing an outstandingly bitter reductio ad absurdum filled with sarcasm and pitch black humor, and with a few winks at directors like Luis Bunuel.


1 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
La Grande Bouffe Jefferyhaller@aol.com
goose pate craigopopolis
Location mandali
What was cut from the DVD? kaream
photo mistake mmsrc
Discuss La Grande Bouffe (1973) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?