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Writer:
Peter Greenaway (writer)
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Release Date:
6 April 1990 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Lust...Murder...Dessert. Bon Appetit!
Plot:
The wife of an oafish restaurant owner becomes bored with her husband and considers an affair with a regular patron. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Tim Roth: The Hollywood Interview
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User Reviews:
A beautifully filmed, ugly and disturbing film. See more (167 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Bohringer ... Richard Borst

Michael Gambon ... Albert

Helen Mirren ... Georgina

Alan Howard ... Michael

Tim Roth ... Mitchel

Ciarán Hinds ... Cory
Gary Olsen ... Spangler
Ewan Stewart ... Harris

Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Turpin

Ron Cook ... Mews
Liz Smith ... Grace

Emer Gillespie ... Patricia
Janet Henfrey ... Alice
Arnie Breeveld ... Eden
Tony Alleff ... Troy
Paul Russell ... Pup

Alex Kingston ... Adele
Ian Sears ... Phillipe
Willie Ross ... Roy
Ian Dury ... Terry Fitch
Diane Langton ... May Fitch
Prudence Oliver ... Corelle Fitch

Roger Lloyd Pack ... Geoff (as Roger Lloyd-Pack)
Bob Goody ... Starkie
Peter Rush ... Melter
Pauline Mayer ... Fish Girl
Ben Stoneham ... Meat Boy
Andy Wilson ... 1st Diner
John Mullis ... 2nd Diner
Flavia Brilli ... Cabaret Singer
Brenda Edwards ... Dancer
Sophie Goodchild ... Dancer
Alex Fraser ... Waiter
Michael Clark ... Waiter
Gary Logan ... Waiter
Tim Geary ... Waiter
Saffron Rainey ... Waiter
Hywel Williams-Ellis ... Waiter
Michael Maguire ... Waiter
Patric Walters ... Kitchen Staff
Sue Maund ... Kitchen Staff
Nick Brozovic ... Kitchen Staff
Caroline Pagano ... Kitchen Staff (as Karrie Pagano)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yolande Brener ... 1st Diner's Wife (uncredited)
Irene Palko ... A Guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Peter Greenaway 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Greenaway  writer

Produced by
Pascale Dauman .... co-producer
Kees Kasander .... producer
Daniel Toscan du Plantier .... co-producer
Denis Wigman .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Nyman 
 
Cinematography by
Sacha Vierny 
 
Film Editing by
John Wilson 
 
Casting by
Sharon Howard-Field 
 
Production Design by
Ben van Os 
Jan Roelfs 
 
Costume Design by
Jean-Paul Gaultier 
 
Makeup Department
Patrick de Loor .... assistant makeup artist
Sjoerd Didden .... makeup effects
Mel Gibson .... makeup trainee
Sabrina Law .... makeup trainee
Sara Meerman .... makeup artist
Anne Neilson .... makeup trainee
Hanneke van Rhoon .... assistant makeup artist
Arthur Vriens .... makeup effects assistant
Sarah Walsh .... makeup trainee
 
Production Management
Karin Van Der Werff .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marie Dominique Dhelsing .... trainee assistant director
Milfid Ellis .... second assistant director
Mark Harrison .... third assistant director
Gerrit Martijn .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Michael Bleasdale .... assistant constructor
Bas Boone .... assistant constructor
John Bramble .... assistant set dresser
Paul Connell .... carpenter
Anthony Costin .... assistant constructor
Michel De Graaf .... scenic artist
Wieger De Jong .... scenic artist
Constance de Vos .... set dresser
Sophie Fiennes .... art department production
Steve Hall .... carpenter
Paul Harrison .... carpenter
Daniel Harvey .... assistant constructor
Charley Hayward .... carpenter
Michael Howells .... assistant art director
Lidewij Kapteijn .... constructor
Alexander Kasterine .... art department assistant
Maarten Piersma .... constructor
Claudia Valentijn .... assistant constructor
Wilbert Van Dorp .... construction manager
Dory van Noort .... constructor
Ank Van Straalen .... assistant art director
Coen Verbeek .... assistant scenic artist
Paul Wilkins .... propmaker
Nigel Worlidge .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Tom Buchanan .... boom operator
Michael Danks .... dubbing editor
Diane Greaves .... footsteps artist
Nigel Heath .... sound effects treatment
Garth Marshall .... production sound
Garth Marshall .... sound recordist
Maxine Matts .... assistant dubbing editor
Peter Maxwell .... dubbing mixer
Ashley McDuffy .... first assistant sound
Trevor Pyke .... assistant dubbing mixer
Shirley Shaw .... dubbing editor
Ted Swanscott .... footsteps mixer
Aad Wirtz .... adr mixer
Chris Wyatt .... dubbing editor
Steve Hancock .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Cloquet .... camera operator
Nils Dammers .... electrician
David A. Foster .... assistant grip
Max Harrison .... clapper loader
Nico Komen .... best boy
Piotr Kukla .... electrician
Martin McCullough .... chief grip
Chris Renson .... focus puller
Andy Saunders .... electrician trainee
Mel Scaffold .... rigging
Benito Strangio .... electrician
Reinier van Brummelen .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Karen Lindsay-Stewart .... casting assistant
Ineke de Vos .... additional casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carin Donaldson .... wardrobe assistant
Penelope Gobin .... wardrobe assistant
Sharon Long .... wardrobe assistant
Dien van Straalen .... wardrobe supervisor
Elianne Van Dorp .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
Birgit Berger .... assistant editor
Julian Rodd .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Graham Ashton .... musician: trombone
Marsten Bailey .... assistant music engineer
Alexander Balanescu .... musician: violin
Jonathan Carney .... musician: violin/viola
David Cunningham .... music producer
Michael J. Dutton .... music engineer
Andrew Findon .... musician: tenor, baritone sax, flute trumpet
David Fuest .... musician: clarinet, bass clarinet soprano/alto
Dillon Gallagher .... assistant music engineer
Will Gregory .... musician: piano
James Hall .... musician: drums
John Harle .... musician: saxophone
Tony Hinnigan .... musician: cello
Tim Hunt .... music mixer
Christopher Laurence .... musician: double bass (as Chris Lawrence)
Sarah Leonard .... musician: Soprano solo
Michael Nyman .... musician: piano
Elisabeth Perry .... musician: violin
John Perry .... musician: guitar
David Stewart .... musician: piano
 
Other crew
Jonathan Agnew .... jobfit trainee
Felicity Cottrell .... footsteps artist
Nancy D'Ancona .... production coordinator
Terry Edwards .... director: London Voices
Jules Eyres .... production assistant
Bill Garlic .... footsteps artist
Rebecca Loak .... jobfit trainee
Giorgio Locatelli .... chef prop food
Marie-Christine Malbert .... publicity: France
Charles McDonald .... publicist: UK
Natasha Ross .... jobfit trainee
Nick Searle .... production assistant
Cor Severs .... production accountant
Nathalie Vierny .... continuity
Roland Wigman .... office manager
Nigel Wood .... production accountant
Susie Woodley .... catering: on-set
Andi Wright .... assistant: Kees Kasander
Slawomir Zukowski .... jobfit trainee
Joss Agnew .... jobfit trainee (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
124 min | USA:98 min (R-rated version)
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Australia:R (sexual references/scenes) | Belgium:KNT (original rating) | Belgium:16 (video rating) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2005) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | France:X (original rating) | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:16 | India:A | Iran:18+ | Italy:VM14 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 (Qualidade) | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 (heavily cut) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:NC-17 | USA:R (edited version) | USA:X (original rating) (rating surrendered) | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
Peter Greenaway uses specific colors to represent each set of the film. The exterior of Le Hollandais is predominantly blue. The kitchen is mostly green. The seating area of the restaurant is red and the restrooms are stark white. The color of Georgina's dress and the sashes that Albert and his associates wear change to match this scheme as the characters move from room to room. The color of Georgina's cigarettes also changes to match the color of the set as she moves.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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49 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
A beautifully filmed, ugly and disturbing film., 27 June 2004
Author: Tim from Portland, Oregon USA

I saw this almost fifteen years ago and I still have crystal clear mental images of some of the scenes. The chef at his table in the kitchen, planning his menu: stunning! Put it in a frame, hang it on the wall. In the restaurant scenes, you feel like you're there at the table as the camera pans, without cuts, from one person to another. Our heroes locked in the truck full of rotting meat: horrible, disgusting, perfect. It's a classic purification ritual and it's literally putrid. Greenaway is a genius. My only criticism is a minor one. There is a full frontal nude scene of the wife and her lover, where he is clearly more "relaxed" than he should have been at that moment. I'm a bit disappointed in Greenaway for not showing him at "attention", as he would have been in real life. But then, I guess he would have been accused of making porn. Whatever. This film is not for everyone. My wife didn't see it. I'm sure she would have hated it if she had. For that matter, I can't actually say I liked it, although I consider it a masterwork. But I'm glad I saw it. I'll probably see it again, but not until I can see it on HDTV. Plain old DVD couldn't possibly do it justice. An amazing movie.

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