Eating Raoul (1982)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  24 March 1982 (USA)
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A relatively boring Los Angeles couple discover a bizarre, if not murderous way to get funding for opening a restaurant.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raoul Mendoza
Doris the Dominatrix / Nurse Sally Cummings
Lynn Hobart ...
Lady Customer
Mr. Cray - Liquor Store Owner
Mark Woods ...
Hold-up Man
John Shearin ...
Mr. Baker - the Horny Patient
Darcy Pulliam ...
Nurse Sheila
Ben Haller ...
Roberta Spero ...
Vernon Demetrius ...
Arlene Harris ...
Buster Wilson ...
Marta Fergusson ...


When a Paul enters his apartment to find Mary fighting off a swinger who has gotten into the wrong apartement (and thinks that Mary is just playing hard to get) he hits the man with a frying pan, killing him. Their dreams of running a small resturant seem to be in jeopardy until they decide to dispose of the body, keep the wallet, and to advertise for other sexually oriented visitors who are summarily killed, bagged, robbed and disposed of. This goes along quite well until one night a burglar named Raoul breaks in and cuts himself in for a piece of the action. Written by John Vogel <>

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An outrageous comedy of sex and murder [Australia Theatrical] See more »




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24 March 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Comiendose a Raúl  »

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$350,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Paul Bartel spelled the name of the Raoul character with the French spelling as "a tribute to the great director Raoul Walsh" but conceded that the real reason was because he didn't know how to spell it in Spanish which was as Raúl. See more »


When Paul and Mary exit the elevator to go their apartment, the doors and carpet colors don't match those seen outside their own apartment in another shot just moments later. See more »


Paul: Mary, I just killed a man.
Mary: He was a man. Now he's just a bag of garbage.
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A Sister To The Director..... Wendy Bartel See more »


Comic Misterioso
Music by Frances Trocaine
Thomas J. Valentino Music Inc
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"Eating Raoul" should be the "gold standard" for black comedy ....10.0
20 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No other black comedy, except perhaps "War of the Roses" comes close to the originality and cleverness of "Eating Raoul". It is totally outrageous, and that is what elevates the film to greatness. Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov play the "Blands" to perfection, and the unbelievable supporting cast is icing on the cake. The movie is so quotable, "Do you realize we just made $500? Yea, just by killing people", it's amazing. Check the numerous quotes on IMDb and you will see what I mean. Each viewing uncovers something new and hilarious about "Eating Raoul", strong testimony for it deserving the title "gold standard" of black comedy. - MERK

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