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Too Many Chefs (1978)

Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (original title)
Mystery abounds when it is discovered that, one by one, the greatest Chefs in Europe are being killed. The intriguing part of the murders is that each chef is killed in the same manner that... See full summary »

Director:

Ted Kotcheff

Writers:

Nan Lyons (novel), Ivan Lyons (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Segal ... Robby Ross
Jacqueline Bisset ... Natasha
Robert Morley ... Max
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Kohner
Philippe Noiret ... Moulineau
Jean Rochefort ... Grandvilliers
Gigi Proietti ... Ravello (as Luigi Proietti)
Stefano Satta Flores Stefano Satta Flores ... Fausto Zoppi
Madge Ryan ... Beecham
Frank Windsor ... Blodgett
Peter Sallis ... St. Claire
Tim Barlow Tim Barlow ... Doyle
John Le Mesurier ... Dr. Deere
Joss Ackland ... Cantrell
Jean Gaven ... Salpetre
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Storyline

Mystery abounds when it is discovered that, one by one, the greatest Chefs in Europe are being killed. The intriguing part of the murders is that each chef is killed in the same manner that their own special dish is prepared in. Food critics and the (many) self-proclaimed greatest Chefs in Europe demand the mystery be solved. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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A delicious mystery. See more »

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Comedy | Mystery | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

West Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Someone Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (MGM Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made and released about two years after its source novel "Someone Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe" by Nan Lyons and Ivan Lyons was first published in 1976. The film's source novelists later wrote another similarly titled book, "Someone Is Killing the Great Chefs of America". See more »

Quotes

Ravello: No, he hated Zoppi far too much to kill him.
Ravello: Miss O'Brien, in Italy, finding someone you can really hate is as important as finding someone to love.
Ravello: You do not suddenly kill someone you have spent years hating.
Ravello: You have too big an investment in such a person.
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Connections

Referenced in Alice: Who's Kissing the Great Chef of Phoenix? (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

La Paloma
(uncredited)
Music by Sebastián Yradier
Arranged by Jack Hayes
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One of my favorite movies
11 January 2018 | by sirenebernSee all my reviews

I saw "Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?" in its original run in U.S. theaters. I was nine years old, but my mother used to drag me to any movie she wanted to see whether it was "child-friendly" or not. I loved this movie then and have enjoyed every repeat viewing since. It's a stylish, frothy romantic comedy with a little bit of murder mystery (nothing that will tax your brain), sumptuous gourmet meals and elegant locales, and bitingly witty dialogue --mostly from the incredibly funny Robert Morley. The film revolves around two ex-spouses: world-renowed pastry chef Natasha (Bisset) and crass, wealthy fast food tycoon Robby (Segal), who re-unite to try to solve the caper when top chefs are knocked off around the capitals of Europe. They travel from London to Venice to Paris and back again, encountering an array of melodramatic, egotistical and hilarious chefs along the way, played by well-known European character actors (Philippe Noiret, Jean-Pierre Cassel, etc.). Bisset's clothes, designed by Donfeld, don't date very well, but it was the '70s. She's supposed to be quirky. She looks gorgeous nonetheless. The lighting in this film is perfume-ad soft. Some of the scenes where the chefs, especially Bisset, prepare their specialties make you want to jump through the screen. At nine, I never knew food could look like that! This movie is a few decades old, but retains its glamour and wit. Look for a very young Nigel Havers in a minor part early on.


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