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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

 -  Drama  -  6 April 1990 (USA)
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The wife of an oafish restaurant owner becomes bored with her husband and considers an affair with a regular patron.

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Cast

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Richard Borst
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Michael
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Mitchel
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Cory
Gary Olsen ...
Spangler
Ewan Stewart ...
Harris
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Turpin
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Mews
Liz Smith ...
Grace
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Patricia
Janet Henfrey ...
Alice
Arnie Breeveld ...
Eden
Tony Alleff ...
Troy
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Storyline

The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant. Food, colour coding, sex, murder, torture and cannibalism are the exotic fare in this beautifully filmed but brutally uncompromising modern fable which has been interpreted as an allegory for Thatcherism. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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restaurant | murder | sex | allegory | gangster | See more »

Taglines:

Lust...Murder...Dessert. Bon Appetit!

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Drama

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NC-17 | See all certifications »

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6 April 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover  »

Box Office

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$7,724,701 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The car that Albert Spica drives is listed in the credits as a Valentine Lindsay AT V12. It is in fact a modified early-'70s Dodge Dart Swinger. Valentine Lindsay is the name of a British car enthusiast and racer who works with the V12 Team of Harrier Racing, and most likely loaned the car to the production. See more »

Quotes

[speaking of Albert, the thief]
Michael: Where is he now?
Georgina: He's eating avocado vinaigrette and prawns... with his fingers.
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"And a special thanks to those very many people who patiently & repeatedly performed as patients in the hospital ward, as as diners in the Hollandais restaurant." See more »

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Color changes everything!
5 May 1999 | by (California Central Coast) – See all my reviews

The "inside story" of this film is color. Most professional reviewers, with nation-wide media exposure, missed this underlying story element entirely, as did I, until half way through my first viewing. Once I realized the colors of the costumes changed, as the characters passed from room to room, I had to go back and see it again. That's how I got hooked.

During the next viewing, I took note of the creativity and effort that went into the design and construction of the costumes, several times, as each one had to be rendered in several colors. The next time through, I noticed how the color of each room related to the activity that normally took place there, even in the outdoor sequences. With the subsequent viewing, I concentrated on the soundtrack.

From that point on, my awareness of all these elements, served to enhance my appreciation of each character and his or her contribution to the story line. That's when the much talked about "gross-out" aspects of the film seemed to diminish in their ability to shock. In fact, by that point, they seemed to fit much more naturally, although the "NC-17" rating is absolutely appropriate.

This is a sumptuous feast for the eyes and ears of intelligent "adult" viewers. Not to be missed.


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