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


The name of Robby Ross (George Segal)'s takeaway foods conglomerate was "American Fast Foods".
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Final theatrical feature film (uncredited) of actor Ronald Leigh-Hunt.
The name of the TV cooking show was "The Movable Feast".
Moulineau (Philippe Noiret)'s dish specialty was the "pressed duck", Natasha O'Brien (Jacqueline Bisset)'s course specialty was "Le Bombe Richelieu" whilst Louis Kohner (Jean-Pierre Cassel)'s was "baked pigeon".
Food critic Maximillian Vandeveer (Robert Morley) was responsible for writing an article in which Vandeveer theorizes "the world's most fabulous meal".
The film was made and released about two years after its source novel "Someone Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe" by Nan Lyons and Ivan Lyons was first published in 1976. The film's source novelists later wrote another similarly titled book, "Someone Is Killing the Great Chefs of America".
The movie's source novel actually gave the recipes for each dish.
Changes from the film's source novel included the ending and the removal of a lot of the book's erotic material.
Food for the film was created by master of nouvelle cuisine, prominent premiere French chef Paul Bocuse.
The nickname of fast food entrepreneur Robby Ross (George Segal) was "The Taco King".
The name of the new fast food omelet chain was "H. Dumpty".
The picture was originally distributed by Warner Brothers but was produced by Lorimar. As such, the film was available on home video during the 1980s in territories which weren't Warner Bros. When Lorimar was bought by Warner Communications in 1989, they got the film back.
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.
The movie was notable for having a distinguishable European cast of French and Italian actors. The top billed lead was an American (George Segal) with Robert Morley and Jacqueline Bisset both being English. At the time, French actor Philippe Noiret had recently appeared in another French food film farce, "Blow Out" [La Grande Bouffe (1973)].
One of four collaborations of actor George Segal and director Ted Kotcheff. When this film was made, the two had recently worked on Fun with Dick and Jane (1977) just the year before. The two also collaborated in television, namely on The Desperate Hours (1967) and Of Mice and Men (1968),
According to Time Out, "Robert Aldrich was at one time interested in directing".
One of few food films which are black comedies. Others include The Last Supper (1995), Marco Ferreri's La Grande Bouffe (1973) [Blow Out] and Peter Greenaway's The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989).
A line of dialogue in the film was "Too Many Cooks". The film's UK title was something like this. It was "Too Many Chefs" but wasn't called by the more common English expression which is "Too Many Cooks".
The name of the culinary magazine was "The Epicurist".


Nigel Havers:  As a Counterman.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The gastronomic gruesome "grand guignol" gourmet murders are as follows: (1) Baked in an oven (2) Drowned in a lobster aquarium (3) Frozen in a meat fridge (4) Skull crushed in a duck press and the intended but unsuccessful (5) Blown-up with a bombe dessert.
The victims were chosen because of a feature in the fictional magazine in the film which had four chefs and their best dishes in a feature called "The World's Most Fabulous Meal". Jacqueline Bisset's character is the only one of those four chefs not to be killed.

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