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La grande bouffe (1973)

NC-17 | | Comedy, Drama | 22 May 1973 (France)
A group of men go to a villa in the French countryside where they resolve to eat themselves to death.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marcello
... Michel
... Philippe
... Ugo
... Andrea (as Andréa Ferreol)
Solange Blondeau ... Danielle
Florence Giorgetti ... Anne
Michèle Alexandre ... Nicole
Monique Chaumette ... Madeleine
Henri Piccoli ... Hector
Maurice Dorléac
Simon Tchao ... Le délégué de l'ambassade de Chine
Louis Navarre ... Braguti
Bernard Menez ... Pierre
Cordelia Piccoli ... Barbara
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Four middle-aged friends and members of the professional bourgeoisie, Ugo, a chef and restaurant owner, Marcello, an incorrigible womanizer and Alitalia pilot, Michel, a delicate television producer, and Philippe, a venerable magistrate, gather for a debaucherous weekend at the latter's Parisian villa. There, as the four men prepare for a Romanesque feast, truckloads of fine food and wine arrive, accompanied by three elegant and lithe prostitutes. Without a doubt, the rapacious and degraded hedonists are determined to eat themselves to death, one elaborate morsel after another, nevertheless, for what reason? Written by Nick Riganas

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An Experience That Hammers Your Sensibilities. See more »

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Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexuality | See all certifications »

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The film was originally shown unlicensed in the UK at the Curzon Cinema in Mayfair, and led pro-censorship campaigner Mary Whitehouse to bring a prosecution against the film under the Vagrancy Act (accusing the cinema owners of "keeping a disorderly house"). The case was thrown out and led censor James Ferman to extend the Obscene Publications Act to cover films, thus preventing movies with 'artistic merit' from suffering prosecution. The film was eventually passed fully uncut for video in 1994. See more »

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After Philippe says to Nicole "actor incombit probatio", a crew member can be seen in the mirror. See more »

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Ugo: Wanting to be Marlon Brando is vanity.
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Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #16.5 (2003) See more »

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La Grande Bouffe
Written by Philippe Sarde, Piano Solo by Michel Piccoli
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Never forgot this movie
22 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

This movie was so colorful...I just never forgot it and the concept was engaging. I saw this movie in San Francisco in '73 or '74... I cannot remember all the details in order, but yes, three guys went to a villa in the countryside of France and ordered huge amounts of food to be delivered. At first, you just thought it was a fun party, then it got to be bigger and bigger...women came by, etc, etc. I had lived in Europe just prior to seeing this movie and I so enjoyed the scenery and just the ambiance. I assumed it was not a what they would call a full running movie and just played in certain theaters but a place like San Francisco in the 70's had the right audience.


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