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

NC-17  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  20 May 1973 (France)
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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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Cast

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

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20 May 1973 (France)  »

Also Known As:

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SEK 837,872 (Sweden)
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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 »

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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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To Kill a Cat You Should Choke It with Cream
2 November 2007 | by (Russian Federation, Ivanovo) – See all my reviews

What can be a better protest against hedonism than to kill oneself in the most hedonistic way: to sate oneself with food and luxury and sex to death? So four old friends gather together in the luxuriant family villa belonging to the one of the participants and start devouring their way to exotic quietus, I should warn you though, the spectacle isn't for the hungry, and however difficult the task may seem it turns out to be quite feasible. What is the most great in this movie is its thick atmosphere of absurdity and surreality of everything happening on the screen and at the same time a verisimilitude of this occurrence. This movie also brilliantly managed to catch a zeitgeist of its epoch. At the time the film was announced to be a scandal of the year.


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