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Consuming Passions (1988)

A tragic mishap at a chocolate factory results in candy lovers getting an unexpected 'extra' in their sweets. The problem is that they want more!

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Giles Foster

Writers:

Michael Palin (play), Terry Jones (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyler Butterworth ... Ian Littleton
Jonathan Pryce ... Mr. Farris
Freddie Jones ... Graham Chumley
Vanessa Redgrave ... Mrs. Garza
Prunella Scales ... Ethel
Sammi Davis ... Felicity
Thora Hird ... Mrs. Gordon
John Wells John Wells ... Dr. Forrester
Timothy West ... Dr. Rees
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Mary Healey ... Mrs. Eggleston
Andrew Sachs ... Jason
Deddie Davies ... Mrs. Coot
William Rushton William Rushton ... Big Teddy
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Storyline

At his new job at Chumley's Chocolates, Ian Littleton accidentally knocks several workers into a mixing vat, the contents of which are then sent to market. When reviews of the company's new candy come back, they are overwhelmingly negative, except for the areas that received the 'special ingredient'. Ian soon finds himself assigned the task of obtaining more of the ingredient to satisfy the nation's sweet tooth. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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A tale of greed, lust and death by chocolate.

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Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1992 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

A Louca Doçura See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$118,206
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Stupid, Funny, Sick
30 October 2004 | by joewill2001See all my reviews

A great movie based on what should have been a very weak plot. Most American viewers will probably only recognise Jonathan Pryce (and potentially Vanessa Redgrave), but the rest of the cast do themselves proud.

There is the kind, but absolutely incompetent and differential junior management trainee that is a klutz that causes the problems to begin in the first place - Ian Littleton

The evil manager without any scruples or morals (and little commonsense) - Mr Farris

The kind, but weak and pitiful old owner of the company that has little choice but to follow along with Farris' plans - Mr. Chumley

The dingbat, older secretary, "People don't want chocolates with cows and pigs in them. People want chocolates with people in them". - Ethel

The clumsy, witless scientist/chemist who falls for Ian. She's a scatterbrain, but very buxom and sexy (played by Sammi Davis)- Felicity

Finally there's Mrs. Garza (Vanessa Redgrave). There's no way to properly describe her - aging seductress, blue collar lover, uninhibited, amusing. I'm not sure if others will love her character or have slight shudders as they remember the date they couldn't escape from. You've got to see her!

The movie flows along reasonably enough; however, there are a few places where it drags and the ending seems a bit weak and ill contrived.

I highly recommend this movie for anyone that needs a slightly sick comedy. It generally won't have you laughing (if it does you might need professional help), at least not out loud, but like a train wreck you just can't stop watching.


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