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?
An Experience That Hammers Your Sensibilities.
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Did You Know?
Michel Piccoli's father Henri Piccoli plays a part in the movie, as well as his daughter Cordelia Piccoli. See more
After Philippe says to Nicole "actor incombit probatio", a crew member can be seen in the mirror. See more
Wanting to be Marlon Brando is vanity.
The second German VHS release by Marketing was cut by almost 30 minutes. This was not done to secure a rating but to avoid costs for longer VHS tapes. See more
Spoofed in Ten Little Maidens
La Grande Bouffe (Générique)
Written by Philippe Sarde
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