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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24 March 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Comiendose a Raúl  »

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$350,000 (estimated)

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Reportedly, apparently Paul Bartel called Mary Woronov after he had completed the script for the sequel, "Bland Ambition", and had obtained financing for it, but sadly passed away a day later. See more »


When Mary goes to meet the bank officer, she is wearing dark underwear (visible through her sheer dress). But when she arrives home later, still wearing the dress, the underwear is white. See more »


Sex Shop Salesman: Hey, you taste it, you're gonna buy it, alright?
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There is a credit for "Guest Electrician" See more »


Referenced in Seinfeld: The Smelly Car (1993) See more »


Reprise of Closing Theme
Music by Roger-Roger
Thomas J. Valentino Music Inc
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Eating Raoul - * * * *
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One of the greatest comedies ever made (right up there with National Lampoon's Vacation, Caddyshack, Dumb and Dumber, and Clerks) that really makes a strong statement about swingers, s&m, rape, murder, and cannibalism without becoming tasteless. This is Bartel's greatest accomplishment. A major cult hit and deservingly so.

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