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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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Meet the Blands! They're square...They're in LOVE...AND they kill people. See more »




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24 March 1982 (USA)  »

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Comiendose a Raúl  »

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$350,000 (estimated)

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The Bland's swingers advertisement read: "WE DO ANYTHING. Cruel Carla. Naughty Nancy. [Photo] "Two of our most popular routines". Whatever your Sex Fantasies, from the ordinary to the most bizarre, Carla and Nancy will accommodate you! We cost a bit more but we guarantee absolute satisfaction or your money cheerfully refunded. Send fantasies, photo, address and phone number to SWINGERS' PARADISE - 6311 Yucca Street - Box 1171 - Hollywood, Calif 90028". See more »


When Paul Bland leaves to go to the grocery store he leaves the frying pan on the orange chair by the door, in the next shot when "the hippie" arrives late, the frying pan is gone. See more »


Paul: [to Mary, after killing someone] Well, there's one consideration. If you'd done what he asked, he would have died anyway.
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Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
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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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