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Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Mystery, Crime  |  13 September 1978 (France)
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Mystery abounds when it is discovered that, one by one, the greatest Chefs in Europe are being killed. The intriguing part of the murders is that each chef is killed in the same manner that... See full summary »

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When the world's greatest chefs are killed one by one in a manner that resembles their most famous dish, food critics and other renowned chefs join forces to catch the killer.

Stars: Oliver Platt
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Max
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Kohner
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Moulineau
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Grandvilliers
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Ravello (as Luigi Proietti)
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Fausto Zoppi
Madge Ryan ...
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Blodgett
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Doyle
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Dr. Deere
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Cantrell
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Salpetre
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Mystery abounds when it is discovered that, one by one, the greatest Chefs in Europe are being killed. The intriguing part of the murders is that each chef is killed in the same manner that their own special dish is prepared in. Food critics and the (many) self-proclaimed greatest Chefs in Europe demand the mystery be solved. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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13 September 1978 (France)  »

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SEK 1,219,850 (Sweden)
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Playing a pompous gourmet in this film was Robert Morley who due to the popularity of the character went onto make a series of successful television commercials for Heinz soup. Morley was awarded Best Supporting Actor from both the National Society of Film Critics Awards (1979) and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards (1978). Morely was also nominated in the same category at the Golden Globes. See more »

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Max: [to Dr. Deere, about being dangerously overweight] Cut down? I am what I am precisely because I've eaten my way to the top! I'm a work of art, created by the finest chefs in the world. Every fold is a brush stroke! Every crease a sonnet! Every chin a concerto! In short doctor darling, in my present form, I'm a masterpiece!
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Feasting any way you look at it
6 May 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I noted that the only award recognition that Who Is Killing The Great Chefs Of Europe was from the Golden Globes with nominations for Jacqueline Bisset as Best Actess and Robert Morley as Best Supporting Actor. That was a mistake because this film is totally dominated by Robert Morley giving him a great role to chew on literally.

During the Sixties and Seventies Robert Morley became an international symbol of the United Kingdom with his commercials for British Airways and his promise that 'we'll take very good care of you' made to the world. I have no doubt that the films he appeared in and some of them were dreadful got a bit more revenue at the box office with Morley's appearances. But this film is far from dreadful.

In fact if you like Robert Morley this film is a treat for his fans everywhere. In this black comedy Morley plays a food critic who has the first requisite of being a food critic, he loves to eat. And he's got the girth to prove it. But along with all that good eating comes some health problems and his doctor says he has to go on a diet or else.

Right after that several of the chefs around Europe whose dish specialties have become Morley's favorites start dying in some very bizarre ways. On the list is Jacqueline Bisset whose specialty is pastries as desserts and there is a special method of dispatch earmarked for her.

Never fear Jackie has a protector in George Segal who is restaurateur/tycoon and coincidentally happens to be once married to Bisset. Can Segal figure it out, can the police figure it out, can he save the last of the great chefs?

For all that you must watch the film. But I guarantee that the laughs are there, the European photographed scenery is great, and Robert Morley is in top form. For his fans especially, this film is a must. Definitely in the top five of his best roles.


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