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Eating Raoul (1982)

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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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An outrageous comedy of sex and murder [Australia Theatrical] See more »


Comedy | Crime


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Comiendose a Raúl See more »


Box Office


$350,000 (estimated)
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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many of the cameo performers were recruited from noted Los Angeles improv company "The Groundlings". See more »


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 »


Sex Shop Salesman: But I'm telling you - you're gonna need a lubricant for this vibrator. Unless your date's inflatable. Ha!
Paul: For your information, I'm buying this to use as a novelty cocktail stirrer!
Sex Shop Salesman: [shouts] Sure!
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Crazy Credits

"The Gang" is credited as the performers of the Doggie King commercial. See more »


Referenced in Valentine (2001) See more »


Comic Misterioso
Music by Frances Trocaine
Thomas J. Valentino Music Inc
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Slapdash black comedy: some witty ideas, but too much noise...
21 October 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Writer-director Paul Bartel co-stars with statuesque Mary Woronov as a prudish married couple in Los Angeles who hope to someday open their own quaint restaurant. Funding proves to be their sticking point, until one night a calamitous run-in with a wealthy swinger gives the pair a twisted new idea. Uneven dark farce with the germ of a great comic premise--and blessed with the talented leads to nearly pull it off successfully. Woronov, with her incredulous sexiness, gets possibly her best screen role here, and her sisterly rapport with Bartel is perfect within this context. It's a very slight movie however, with small, quirky laughs sharing space with frantic gags and dumb jokes. Bartel (as a filmmaker) doesn't trust himself completely, and his pacing is so slow that many potentially funny lines or ideas are muffled. Still, the plot is worked out satisfyingly and the film's better moments stay in the memory. ** from ****

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