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24 March 1982 (USA) See more »
An outrageous comedy of sex and murder [Australia Theatrical] See more »
A relatively boring Los Angeles couple discover a bizarre, if not murderous way to get funding for opening a restaurant. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Bartel ... Paul Bland

Mary Woronov ... Mary Bland

Robert Beltran ... Raoul Mendoza

Susan Saiger ... Doris the Dominatrix / Nurse Sally Cummings
Lynn Hobart ... Lady Customer

Richard Paul ... Mr. Cray - Liquor Store Owner
Mark Woods ... Hold-up Man
John Shearin ... Mr. Baker - the Horny Patient
Darcy Pulliam ... Nurse Sheila
Ben Haller ... Dewey
Roberta Spero ... Swinger
Vernon Demetrius ... Swinger
Arlene Harris ... Swinger
Buster Wilson ... Swinger
Marta Fergusson ... Swinger
Garry Goodrow ... Drunk Swinger
Richard Blackburn ... James from the Valley
Hamilton Camp ... John Peck - Dishonest Wine Buyer
Pamela Carter ... Maid

Buck Henry ... Mr. Leech

Anna Mathias ... Ms. Adams - Bank Secretary
Hanns Manship ... Guard
Beans Morocco ... Bobby R. - "Very Bad Boy" (as Dan Barrows)

Allan Rich ... Nazi

Ed Begley Jr. ... Hippie
Billy Curtis ... Little Person

Ralph Brannen ... Raoul's Friend

John Paragon ... Sex Shop Salesman

Don Steele ... Howard Swine - Swingers Party Host
Rick Waln ... Doris's Admirer at Swingers Party

Edie McClurg ... Susan - Swinger in Fur
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert V. Barron ... Butler at Swingers Party
Charles B. Griffith ... (uncredited)

John Landis ... Man who bumps into Mary at the bank (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Bartel 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Bartel 
Richard Blackburn 

Produced by
Richard Blackburn .... associate producer
Anne Kimmel .... producer
Original Music by
Arlon Ober 
Cinematography by
Gary Thieltges (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alan Toomayan 
Production Design by
Robert Schulenberg 
Makeup Department
Peter Knowlton .... hair effects
Peter Knowlton .... makeup effects
Gigi Williams .... additional hair stylist
Gigi Williams .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Gary LaPoten .... unit production manager (as Gary M. Lapoten)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mitchell Factor .... second assistant director
Ira Halberstadt .... second assistant director
Gary LaPoten .... first assistant director (as Gary M. Lapoten)
Art Department
Loma Lee Brookbank .... property master
Mike Hickman .... erotic graphics
Jerie Kelter .... art department assistant (as Jeri Kelter)
Denny Tedesco .... set dresser
Sound Department
Steve Bowerman .... boom operator
Richard Crommett .... additional sound mixer (as Rick Crommet)
Gordon L. Day .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gordon Day)
Richard Bryce Goodman .... additional sound mixer (as Richard Goodman)
Val Kuklowsky .... sound editor (as R. Val Kuklowsky)
Vahe Mansourian .... boom operator
John Norman .... sound re-recording mixer
Anthony Santa Croce .... sound mixer
Christopher T. Welch .... sound editor
Stan Wetzel .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Frank L. Pope .... pyrotechnic effects (as Frank Pope)
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt double: Paul
Rick Seaman .... stunt double: Raoul
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Brennan .... grip
Anne S. Coffey .... first assistant camera (as Ayne Coffey)
Bob Dennison .... still photographer: end photo
Steve Dubin .... additional first assistant camera
Steven Fierberg .... additional gaffer (as Steve Fierberg)
Greg Gardiner .... additional best boy electric (as Greg Gardner)
James J. Gilson .... gaffer (as James Gilson)
Gary Graver .... director of photography: second unit
Jim Grce .... guest electrician
Karen Grossman .... additional photographer
Fritz Hershey .... additional first assistant camera
Jay Klepperman .... second assistant camera (as Jay Klapperman)
Dwight Joseph Lavers .... additional key grip (as Dwight La Vers)
Julio Macat .... additional first assistant camera
Ray Maichen .... additional best boy electric (as Raymond Machen)
Ron McCausland .... best boy grip (as Ron McCausen)
Jim McEachen .... electrician
Tracy Neftzger .... key grip (as Tracy A. Neftzger)
David W. Nims .... driver/grip (as Dave Nimms)
Woody Perkins .... additional best boy grip (as H.C. Perkins)
Raymond M. Perosi .... electrician (as Ray Perosi)
Todd Pike .... additional first assistant camera
Craig Pointes .... driver/grip
Larry S. Prinz .... electrician (as Larry Prinz)
James Rosenthal .... best boy electric
Richard Sands .... electrician (as Rico Sands)
John Sorich .... grip
Jeffrey Sudzin .... additional gaffer
Thomas Thonson .... additional first assistant camera
Thomas Vanghele .... additional first assistant camera (as T.P. Vanghele)
Diana Wooten .... additional second assistant camera (as Dianna Wooten)
Jeff Zimmerman .... additional second assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katherine Dover .... costumer (as Kathy Dover)
Merry Lowry-Donner .... assistant wardrobe (as Merry Lowry)
Editorial Department
Duncan Burns .... apprentice editor
Paula Einstein .... trailer editor
Tod Feuerman .... trailer editor
Ron Lambert .... color timer
Glenn Suffern .... negative cutter
John Wilson .... trailer editor (as John JB Wilson)
Music Department
Ira Hearshen .... music producer
Michael Linn .... music producer
Arlon Ober .... music producer
Bobby Muzingo .... music arranger (uncredited)
Marty Wereski .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Carol Bahoric .... atmosphere
Robert V. Barron .... atmosphere
Wendy Bartel .... assistant: Mr. Bartel
Marla Cannalla .... atmosphere
Pamela Carter .... production coordinator
Jon Daugherty .... production assistant
Tim Forsyth .... atmosphere (as Tim Forsight)
Irene Foster .... atmosphere
Terrie Maxine Frankle .... atmosphere
Carlos Gonzales .... atmosphere
Mr. Goo Goo .... atmosphere
Michael Goodwin .... atmosphere
Chris Graver .... atmosphere
Adam Greenman .... location scout
Chuck Griffith .... atmosphere
Rose Gurrola .... production assistant
Dorothy Hungerford .... production assistant
Mark Klein .... atmosphere
John Langley .... atmosphere
Kool Marder .... location scout (as Kool Lusby)
Kimberly Maxwell .... production assistant (as Kim Maxwell)
Myron Meisel .... atmosphere
Mary Owens .... atmosphere
Gideon Porath .... production assistant
Sheryl Pressman .... atmosphere
Sharron Reynolds .... script supervisor
F.G. Roddick .... atmosphere
Bob Schulenberg .... main titles (as Robert Schulenberg)
Gil Valle .... location equipment
Jor Van Kline .... production assistant (as Jor Van Klein)
Ian Welch .... atmosphere
Rick Benson .... the producers wish to thank
Bruce Berman .... the producers wish to thank
Eugene Blythe .... the producers wish to thank (as Gene Blythe)
Hank Brown .... the producers wish to thank
Jerry Collamer .... the producers wish to thank
Joseph Cosko Jr. .... the producers wish to thank (as Joseph Cosco Jr.)
Joe Dante .... the producers wish to thank
Jon Davison .... the producers wish to thank
Miller Drake .... the producers wish to thank
Michael Finnell .... the producers wish to thank
Susan Gelb .... the producers wish to thank
Theodore Gershuny .... the producers wish to thank (as Ted Gershuny)
Dennis Glas .... the producers wish to thank (as Dennis Glass)
Bert Glatstein .... the producers wish to thank
Marshall Harvey .... the producers wish to thank
Clark Henderson .... the producers wish to thank
Panda Hoffmann .... the producers gratefully acknowledge (as Panda Hoffman)
Kevin Hynes .... the producers wish to thank
Marvin Jones .... the producers wish to thank
Miles Kreuger .... the producers wish to thank
John Landis .... the producers wish to thank
Peter Manoogian .... the producers wish to thank
Pamela Pettler .... the producers wish to thank
Rob Pettler .... the producers wish to thank
Richard Schulenberg .... the producers wish to thank
Craig Simpson .... the producers wish to thank
Donald E. Thorin Jr. .... the producers wish to thank (as Don Thorin Jr.)
E. Waldo Ward .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Barry Washaw .... the producers gratefully acknowledge (as Dr. Barry Warshaw)
Betty Whellor .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Patrick Winters .... the producers wish to thank (as Pat Winters)
Crew verified as complete

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90 min | Spain:87 min | 83 min (DVD)
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Cameo: [John Landis]Uncredited, as a man who bumps into Mary Bland (Mary Woronov) at the bank.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Sex Shop Salesman:Okay, your vibrators start at $10.95 and go up. We've got the Salami, Man-o'-War and...
[pulls out huge vibrator]
Sex Shop Salesman:Alien.
Paul:Just give me the cheapest one.
Sex Shop Salesman:Wait a minute. There's nothing cheap about my store. You mean inexpensive don't you?
[pokes Paul on shoulder with "Alien" vibrator]
Sex Shop Salesman:Isn't that what you meant?
Paul:[intimidated] Yes.
Sex Shop Salesman:That's what I thought you meant!
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Irony this PURE..., 6 April 2000
Author: andrew osnard ( from panama city, panama

With filmmakers so cynical and despairing today about America, it's refreshing to see a film with so much faith in the American dream. This is a classic tale of rags to riches, of a respectable married couple, down on their financial luck, who, with initiative and a novel idea, manage to fulfil their dream, a hotel in the country. If, to get there, they must pose as bondage merchants, murder their clients, rob their wallets, give the bodies to a petty thief who sells them to dog-food companies as choice meat, than such is the nature of success.

RAOUL declares itself as a true story from the Sodom and Gomorrhah of Hollywood, where fantastic wealth co-exists with degrading poverty. The film is a moral tale, about steering the middle-course, about what it takes to be normal and decent. It plays like straight John Waters, but just as hysterical, even if, eventually, it cannot sustain itself.

The featured couple are called, appropriately, the Blands, and it is significant that their serial-killing weopon is a lethal frying-pan. Paul, played by the director, is the epitome of his name: balding, pedanctic, so obsessed with fine wines that he gets fired from his low-rent off-licence for over-ambition. His wife, Mary, is less bland, which is why she is more easily tempted by the dark side. While Paul remains sweetly virginal, she, a hospital nutritionist, works in an evnironment where she is continually harrassed by lecherous lotharios, and is knowledgeable enough to know that the most humiliating revenge is to have them receive their enema from a burly dandy.

Bartel is a Roger Corman alumnus, and this can be seen in the fluid, economical filming, the functional set-ups that are actually quite complex. The film's very classical structure is at odds with (piecemeal) filming that has characters seem, ineptly, to wander up to the camera, although this has the unsettling effect of making the creepy nonsense seem curiously real.

There is also a hint of suppressed Gothic in the telling - Mary's hysterical normality is so camp she could be Vampira - while the Blands' blandness is under attack from all sides. It's bad enough to have 'swingers' (a charmingly 50s word for perverts that chimes with the Blands' adorably tasteless 50s furniture left them by Mary's mother until she dies) crowding the tenement for sleazy, Warholian, sado-masochistic parties, but to have one of them storm into your apartment, throw up all over your carpet, nearly die in your lavatory, bring your husband to the party to be humiliated/initiated by Doris the Dominatrix, and then come back to violate your wife, is an imposition.

The film makes satirical points enough - the rich and professional classes are all vile, violent sleazes, while the S&M 'sickos' are sweet, loving mothers who live in pleasant suburban avenues so indifferent to capitalist Darwinism that they help out the competition. The racism needed to keep normality normal is shown in the horrifyingly hilarious shooting of a store-robber, or in the final fate of self-confessed 'Chicano' Raoul, which suggest Peter Greenaway might be a fan of the film. The cannibalism theme has a long satirical history in jibes on the bourgeoisie, and it's no surprise to learn that Bartel is a devotee of Bunuel.

But the film's real satire is to show how normality must survive in a society, Hollywood, that has obliterated any recognised sense of reality.

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