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Writer:
Peter Greenaway (written by)
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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:
6 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Tim Roth: The Hollywood Interview
 (From The Hollywood Interview. 6 March 2009, 12:30 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
Terrifically complex, terrifically beautiful, and just plain terrific. See more (169 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Bohringer ... Richard

Michael Gambon ... Albert

Helen Mirren ... Georgina

Alan Howard ... Michael

Tim Roth ... Mitchel

Ciarán Hinds ... Cory (as Ciaran Hinds)
Gary Olsen ... Spangler
Ewan Stewart ... Harris

Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Turpin (as Roger Ashton Griffiths)

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
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 (as Hywel Williams Ellis)
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)

Directed by
Peter Greenaway 
 
Writing credits
Peter Greenaway (written by)

Produced by
Pascale Dauman .... co-producer
Kees Kasander .... producer
Daniel Toscan du Plantier .... co-producer (as Daniel Toscan Du Plantier)
Denis Wigman .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Nyman 
 
Cinematography by
Sacha Vierny (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Wilson 
 
Casting by
Sharon Howard-Field  (as Sharon Howard Field)
 
Production Design by
Ben van Os  (as Ben Van Os)
Jan Roelfs 
 
Costume Design by
Jean-Paul Gaultier (costumes) (as Jean Paul Gaultier)
 
Makeup Department
Patrick de Loor .... make up assistant (as Patrick De Lore)
Sjoerd Didden .... make up/fx
Mel Gibson .... makeup trainee
Sabrina Law .... makeup trainee
Sara Meerman .... makeup artist
Anne Neilson .... makeup trainee (as Anne Nielson)
Hanneke van Rhoon .... make up assistant (as Hanneke Van Rhoon)
Arthur Vriens .... make up/fx assistant
Sarah Walsh .... makeup trainee
 
Production Management
Karin Van Der Werff .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marie Dominique Dhelsing .... assistant director trainee
Milfid Ellis .... second assistant director
Mark Harrison .... third assistant director
Gerrit Martijn .... first assistant director
Natasha Ross .... jobfit trainee
 
Art Department
Jonathan Agnew .... jobfit trainee
Michael Bleasdale .... assistant constructor
Bas Boone .... assistant constructor
John Bramble .... assistant set dresser
Michael Calin .... carpenter
Paul Connell .... carpenter
Anthony Costin .... assistant constructor
Michel De Graaf .... scenic artist
Wieger De Jong .... scenic artist
Constance de Vos .... set dresser (as Constance De Vos)
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 (as Dori Van Noort)
Ank Van Straalen .... assistant art director
Coen Verbeek .... assistant scenic artist
Paul Wilkins .... propmaker
Nigel Worlidge .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Tom Buchanan .... boom operator
Felicity Cottrell .... footsteps artist
Michael Danks .... dubbing editor
Bill Garlic .... footsteps artist (as Bill Garlick)
Diane Greaves .... footsteps artist (as Dianne Greaves)
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
Max Harrison .... clapper loader
Nico Komen .... best boy
Piotr Kukla .... electrician
Martin McCullough .... chief grip
Chris Renson .... focus puller
Andy Saunders .... trainee electrician
Mel Scaffold .... rigging
Benito Strangio .... electrician
Reinier van Brummelen .... gaffer (as Reinier Van Brummelen)
Pieter Vermeer .... electrician
Slawomir Zukowski .... jobfit trainee
 
Casting Department
Karen Lindsay-Stewart .... casting director's 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 (as Dien Van Straalen)
Elianne Van Dorp .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
Birgit Berger .... trainee assistant editor
Julian Rodd .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Graham Ashton .... musician: trumpet
Marsten Bailey .... assistant engineer
Alexander Balanescu .... musician: violin
Jonathan Carney .... musician: violin/viola (as Johnathan Carney)
Paul Chapman .... musician: boy soprano
David Cunningham .... music producer
Michael J. Dutton .... music mixer (as Michael J Dutton)
Terry Edwards .... director: London Voices
Andrew Findon .... musician: tenor/baritone sax/flute
David Fuest .... musician: clarinet/ bass clarinet
Dillon Gallagher .... assistant engineer
Will Gregory .... musician: piano
James Hall .... musician: drums
John Harle .... musician: soprano/alto sax
Tony Hinnigan .... musician: cello
Tim Hunt .... music mixer
Christopher Laurence .... musician: double bass (as Chris Lawrence)
Sarah Leonard .... musician: soprano
Michael Nyman .... conductor
Michael Nyman .... music performed by
Michael Nyman .... musician: piano
Elisabeth Perry .... musician: violin (as Elizabeth Perry)
John Perry .... musician: guitar
David Roach .... musician: alto sax
David Stewart .... musician: trombone
 
Other crew
Nancy D'Ancona .... production coordinator
Jules Eyres .... production assistant
Rebecca Loak .... jobfit trainee
Giorgio Locatelli .... chef prop food
Marie-Christine Malbert .... publicity: France (as Marie Christine Malbert)
Charles McDonald .... publicity: UK
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
Joss Agnew .... jobfit trainee (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Patrick Belleville .... special thanks
Juliet Clarke .... special thanks
Marietta De Vries .... special thanks
Graham Easton .... special thanks
Peter Falk .... special thanks
Alexander Gelderman .... special thanks
Ronnie Gerschtanowitz .... special thanks
Pat Gilwing .... special thanks
Billy Hinshelwood .... special thanks
Tim Johnson .... special thanks
Paul Le Chonge Klein .... special thanks
Jeannine Lockett .... special thanks
Andrew Mitchell .... special thanks
Paola Moretti .... special thanks (as Paola Moretti - Designer)
Leo Mulder .... special thanks
Gordon Stalker .... special thanks
Totty Whately .... special thanks
Colin Wilson .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production Companies
  • Allarts (presents)
  • Elsevier-Vendex Film Beheer (presents) (in association with) (as Elsevier Vendex)
  • Allarts Cook (as A Co-Production between Allarts Cook Erato Films Films Inc) (An Anglo-French Co-Production)
  • Erato Films (as A Co-Production between Allarts Cook Erato Films Films Inc) (An Anglo-French Co-Production)
  • Films Inc. (as A Co-Production between Allarts Cook Erato Films Films Inc) (An Anglo-French Co-Production)
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Runtime:
124 min | USA:98 min (R-rated version)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Stereo (as Dolby Stereo in selected theatres)
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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Did You Know?

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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54 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
Terrifically complex, terrifically beautiful, and just plain terrific., 20 November 2005
Author: miloc from Bronx, New York

Here's the weird secret of this movie: you might actually enjoy it.

Peter Greenaway once commented, "film is too important to be left in the hands of story- tellers." Like almost everything Godard ever said, it's a preposterous statement that ought to be heeded.

As a filmmaker Greenaway has always delighted in puzzle-pictures; from the twin-based symmetry of "A Zed and Two Naughts" to the subliminal counting-game of "Drowning by Numbers" to the mad frames-within-frames of "Prospero's Books" his films resemble nothing so much as one of Graeme Base's wonderful children's' books ("The Eleventh Hour" and "Animalia" for instance) brought to life. Plus, of course, a great deal of nudity and assorted nastiness-- enough to get the works of one of the most original filmmakers living a rather sordid reputation.

So, once you've recovered from the visceral shock of watching "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover" the first time, take a step back and watch it again. Yeah, I mean that, do it. Look at it this time as you might a painting by Heironymus Bosch: what appears to be a madman's chaotic hellscape turns out to have a precise allegorical order, and contains such a wealth of symbolism that one viewing cannot possibly be enough to absorb it all. A scene that may seem gratuitously horrific (a naked couple enclosed in a truck full of rotting meat-- probably the moment that jolted me the most) in fact reveals a medievalist's precision (Adam and Eve, cast from Paradise for the First Big Sin, are suddenly subject to the corruption of the flesh). An abstract concept is thus made perfectly and accessibly literal.

Different viewers may prefer to see this movie as religious allegory, political screed, or wry class commentary. The fact is it is all of these, and probably more. The irony of Greenaway's quote above is that he is in fact story-telling on several levels at once. (It's the same irony in the comment that "Seinfeld" was a "show about nothing" when in fact there was more going on per episode than in any other ten sitcoms. It just wasn't "simple.")

In response to criticism over the bloodshed in his movies, Godard once said "It isn't blood, it's red." Meaning: it's all part of a composition, the way color is used on a painter's canvas. It's there for a point, just like Greenaway's explicit yet elegant shocks. With that mind, watch this movie, and enjoy it. It's sharp, gruesomely witty, and as remarkable to look at as almost anything in the Met. If you can handle really thinking, you can handle this, and we all can, can't we?

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