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Marco Ferreri (scenario & adaptation) and
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Release Date:
20 May 1973 (France) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marcello Mastroianni ... Marcello

Michel Piccoli ... Michel

Philippe Noiret ... Philippe

Ugo Tognazzi ... 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
Jérôme Richard
Patricia Milochevitch ... Mini
James Campbell ... Zack
Eva Simonet ... La secrétaire (as Eva Simonnet)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gérard Boucaron ... Le chauffeur
Annette Carducci ... Une hôtesse de l'air
Margaret Honeywell ... Une hôtesse de l'air
Mario Vulpiani ... L'autre copilote
Giuseppe Maffioli ... Le chef cuisinier (uncredited)
Rita Scherrer ... Anulka (uncredited)

Directed by
Marco Ferreri 
Writing credits
Marco Ferreri (scenario & adaptation) and
Rafael Azcona (scenario & adaptation)

Francis Blanche (dialogue)

Produced by
Vincent Malle .... producer
Jean-Pierre Rassam .... delegate producer
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
Cinematography by
Mario Vulpiani 
Film Editing by
Claudine Merlin 
Gina Pignier 
Production Design by
Michel de Broin 
Set Decoration by
Claude Suné  (as Claude Sune)
Costume Design by
Gitt Magrini 
Makeup Department
Jacky Bouban .... makeup artist
Alfonso Gola .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ilya Claisse .... unit production manager
Alain Coiffier .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Enrico Bergier .... assistant director (as Enrique Bergier)
Rémy Duchemin .... assistant director
Jacqueline Ferreri .... assistant director (as Jacqueline Perrier)
François Lavigne .... assistant director
Art Department
Roger Jumeau .... property master
Maurice Sergent .... assistant set decorator
Michel Suné .... property master (as Michel Sune)
Sound Department
Jean Fontaine .... sound assistant
Michel Laurent .... sound assistant
Jean-Pierre Ruh .... sound engineer
Special Effects by
Paul Trielli .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Louis Dastugue .... chief electrician
Jacques Dorot .... assistant camera
Yves Pouffary .... assistant camera
Bernard Prim .... still photographer
Pasquale Rachini .... camera operator (as Pascuale Rachini)
Ferdinand Roquet .... key grip (as Ferdinand Rocquet)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Muriel Ghene .... wardrober
Geneviève Tonnelier .... wardrober
Editorial Department
Laurence Lemaire-Bazi .... assistant editor
Monique Prim .... assistant editor
Music Department
Michel Piccoli .... musician: piano solo
Hubert Rostaing .... musical director
William Flageollet .... music engineer (uncredited)
Other crew
Annie Cabat .... production secretary
Ilya Claisse .... studio manager
Henri Laurent .... assistant studio manager
Volker Lemke .... assistant studio manager
Giuseppe Maffioli .... consultant: gastronomy
Claude Parnet .... assistant studio manager
Jacques Quelennec .... assistant consultant: gastronomy
Colette Suder .... administrator
Becuwe Thomselle .... cooking equipment
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La grande bouffe" - France (original title)
"The Great Feed" - Europe (English title)
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Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexuality (re-rating) (1998)
130 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Australia:MA (TV rating) | Finland:K-18 | France:16 | France:12 (re-rating) | Germany:16 (2005) (re-rating) | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) | New Zealand:R18 (re-rating) | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:(Banned) (1973) | USA:X | USA:NC-17 (re-rating) (1998) | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Crew or equipment visible: After Philippe says to Nicole "actor incombit probatio", a crew member can be seen in the mirror.See more »
Ugo:Wanting to be Marlon Brando is vanity.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Ten Little Maidens (1985)See more »


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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Le Grande Perversion, 7 July 2010
Author: Chris. from Australia

Superb black comedy of an ageing quartet gathered for a feast of epic proportions in which they indulge every gluttonous whim with culinary abandon. Their erotic gorging, groping and fondling of food and flesh is both appetising and arresting, as one by one, they stuff themselves to morbidity. It's with a tinge of sadness that their food fornication gradually comes to a halt, when the last man can no longer brook another chocolate pudding or roast pig.

Those who appreciate gourmet cooking might find appeal in the vast menu, but will likely be shocked by the flatulence-passing, naked-backside food preparation techniques of these randy chefs. The cast periodically combine their appetite for food with unbridled sexual encounters while they prepare meals, to which the viewer is treated in full detail. But while the sets, costumes and dialogue are all, equally colourful, there's a distinct lack of momentum and coherent storyline in the near two-and-a-half hour epic. I submit, respectfully, there's only so many kitchen orgies one film can sustain (particularly as this isn't a loop) without a more concrete purpose.

The cast are formidable in their distinct characterisations (and appetites), and it seems as though each has resigned to his own despair at a life unfulfilled. While Mastroianni does little cooking by comparison with Piccoli, he more than compensates with his sexual appetite at any number of the prostitutes assembled for their last supper. "Le Grande Bouffe" is a raw, uncompromising comedy like no other and should be seen to be believed.

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