A relatively boring Los Angeles couple discovers a bizarre, if not murderous, way to get funding for opening a restaurant.


Paul Bartel
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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 Marta Fergusson ... Swinger


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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A tasty comedy of bad manners. See more »


Comedy | Crime


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Did You Know?


Serial killer Gary Heidnik, who kidnapped six girls in 1999 and kept them chained in his cellar, force-fed the remains of one of his victims to the girls along with dog food. One of the survivors told the police that he got this sick idea for disposing of a body from this film. See more »


The man killed while Mary is wearing the "cartoon mouse" costume can be seen breathing while lying on the floor. See more »


Dewey: Don't worry, she's just kidding. Actually, enemas are my specialty.
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"The Gang" is credited as the performers of the Doggie King commercial. See more »


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Music by George S. Chase
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One of the Funniest Dark Comedies Ever Made
24 September 2018 | by GaryKurt101See all my reviews

Eating Raoul is so eager to please and never overstays its welcome. Shot for what seems to be $3, it's amazing that the film turns out as nice and polished as it is. Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov play the aptly named Blands. They dream to, one day, start their own eatery, but it seems as if it's just not in the cards for them. After a mix up, they end up accidentally killing a man and, thinking he's a nobody, they take his wallet. At that moment, a brilliant business plan is born and the Blands pose as sexual deviants to lure people to their homes, kill them (with a frying pan) and steal their money. Things get complicated when a young man named Raoul discovers their secret and wants in on their scheme.

The basic concept of Eating Raoul is so damn goofy that it's amazing it works as well as it does, but Bartel and Woronov smartly play everything super straight and it works.

If you consider yourself a dark comedy fan and haven't seen this movie, you need to change that right now.

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Release Date:

24 March 1982 (USA) See more »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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