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Eating Raoul (1982)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 24 March 1982 (USA)
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A relatively boring Los Angeles couple discovers a bizarre, if not murderous, way to get funding for opening a restaurant.

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Paul Bartel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Bartel ... Paul Bland
Mary Woronov ... Mary Bland
Robert Beltran ... Raoul Mendoza
Susan Saiger ... Doris the Dominatrix / Nurse Sally Cummings
Lynn Hobart Lynn Hobart ... Lady Customer
Richard Paul ... Mr. Cray - Liquor Store Owner
Mark Woods Mark Woods ... Hold-up Man
John Shearin ... Mr. Baker - the Horny Patient
Darcy Pulliam Darcy Pulliam ... Nurse Sheila
Ben Haller Ben Haller ... Dewey
Roberta Spero Roberta Spero ... Swinger
Vernon Demetrius Vernon Demetrius ... Swinger
Arlene Harris Arlene Harris ... Swinger
Buster Wilson Buster Wilson ... Swinger
Marta Fergusson ... Swinger
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Storyline

When a Paul enters his apartment to find Mary fighting off a swinger who has gotten into the wrong apartement (and thinks that Mary is just playing hard to get) he hits the man with a frying pan, killing him. Their dreams of running a small resturant seem to be in jeopardy until they decide to dispose of the body, keep the wallet, and to advertise for other sexually oriented visitors who are summarily killed, bagged, robbed and disposed of. This goes along quite well until one night a burglar named Raoul breaks in and cuts himself in for a piece of the action. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

Meet the Blands! They're square . . . They're in love . . . And they kill people. [Australia Theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Comiendose a Raúl See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Working independently, Paul Bartel scraped together financing from family and friends and shot the film in piecemeal fashion when he could afford it. See more »

Goofs

When Raoul comes to the hospital to meet Mary, as she backs away from him the medical equipment is sitting atop a mechanic's rolling toolbox. See more »

Quotes

Paul: [to Mary, after killing someone] Well, there's one consideration. If you'd done what he asked, he would have died anyway.
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Crazy Credits

A Sister To The Director..... Wendy Bartel See more »

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Featured in Precious Images (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Devil With a Blue Dress On
Music and Lyrics by William Stevenson and Shorty Long (as Frederick Long)
Published by Jobete Music Co., Inc.
Performed by Los Lobos
(Performed in Spanish)
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Still one of the most entertaining black comedies ever made.
4 January 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

The late Paul Bartel made several interesting and overlooked cult movies in his sadly too short career, including his exploitation classic collaboration with the legendary Roger Corman 'Death Race 2000', but of all his movies he will be remembered for this one, 'Eating Raoul', a minor masterpiece. Shot on a shoe string budget as a real labor of love it is still one of the most entertaining black comedies ever made. Bartel himself co-stars with the tasty Mary Woronov (Warhol's 'Chelsea Girls'), who he had previously acted with in the wonderful romp 'Rock'n'Roll High School' among other things. They show lots of on screen chemistry and make a delightful team, something they obviously realized themselves as they went on to work together several times after this. However they were never better together than in this movie as the uptight but sweet Blands. The Blands have ambitions to open up their own restaurant but have limited means at their disposal. By accident they stumble across a way to get the cash they need using swingers whom they detest. All goes to plan until they encounter the shady locksmith Raoul (Robert Beltran, best known now to Trekkers worldwide). Things then start to get a little more complicated. The three actors seem to love working together and this gives the movie an added zest. The script in witty and unpredictable, and there are some funny bits from the supporting cast, especially Pee-wee Herman sidekick John Paragon as a pushy sex store clerk, and Ed Begley, Jr ('Meet The Applegates') as a horny hippie. This is a wonderful movie, a real comedy gem, that I highly recommend. Paul Bartel R.I.P.


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