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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover ()


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The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husband's restaurant.

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Richard
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Albert
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Georgina
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Michael
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Mitchel
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Cory (as Ciaran Hinds)
Gary Olsen ...
Spangler
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Harris
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Turpin (as Roger Ashton Griffiths)
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Mews
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Grace
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Patricia
Janet Henfrey ...
Alice
Arnie Breeveld ...
Eden
Tony Alleff ...
Troy
Paul Russell ...
Pup
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Adele
Ian Sears ...
Phillipe
Willie Ross ...
Roy
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Terry Fitch
Diane Langton ...
May Fitch
Prudence Oliver ...
Corelle Fitch
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Geoff
Bob Goody ...
Starkie
Peter Rush ...
Melter
Pauline Mayer ...
Fish Girl
Ben Stoneham ...
Meat Boy
Andy Wilson ...
1st Diner
John Mullis ...
2nd Diner
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Cabaret Singer
Brenda Edwards ...
Dancer
Sophie Goodchild ...
Dancer
Alex Fraser ...
Waiter
Michael Clark ...
Waiter
Gary Logan ...
Waiter
Tim Geary ...
Waiter
Saffron Rainey ...
Waiter
Hywel Williams-Ellis ...
Waiter (as Hywel Williams Ellis)
Michael Maguire ...
Waiter
Patric Walters ...
Kitchen Staff
Sue Maund ...
Kitchen Staff
Nick Brozovic ...
Kitchen Staff
Caroline Pagano ...
Kitchen Staff (as Karrie Pagano)
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Customer (uncredited)
Yolande Brener ...
1st Diner's Wife (uncredited)
Irene Palko ...
A Guest (uncredited)

Directed by

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Peter Greenaway

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Peter Greenaway ... (written by)

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Pascale Dauman ... co-producer
Kees Kasander ... producer
Daniel Toscan du Plantier ... co-producer (as Daniel Toscan Du Plantier)
Denis Wigman ... co-producer

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Michael Nyman

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Sacha Vierny ... director of photography

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John Wilson

Editorial Department

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Birgit Berger ... trainee assistant editor
Julian Rodd ... first assistant editor

Casting By

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Sharon Howard-Field ... (as Sharon Howard Field)

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Ben van Os ... (as Ben Van Os)
Jan Roelfs

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Jean-Paul Gaultier ... (costumes) (as Jean Paul Gaultier)

Makeup Department

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Patrick de Loor ... make up assistant (as Patrick De Lore)
Sjoerd Didden ... make up/fx
Mel Gibson ... makeup trainee
Sabrina Law ... makeup trainee
Sara Meerman ... makeup artist
Anne Neilson ... makeup trainee (as Anne Nielson)
Hanneke van Rhoon ... make up assistant (as Hanneke Van Rhoon)
Arthur Vriens ... make up/fx assistant
Sarah Walsh ... makeup trainee

Production Management

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Karin Van Der Werff ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Marie Dominique Dhelsing ... assistant director trainee
Milfid Ellis ... second assistant director
Mark Harrison ... third assistant director
Gerrit Martijn ... first assistant director
Natasha Ross ... jobfit trainee

Art Department

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Jonathan Agnew ... jobfit trainee
Michael Bleasdale ... assistant constructor
Bas Boone ... assistant constructor
John Bramble ... assistant set dresser
Michael Calin ... carpenter
Paul Connell ... carpenter
Anthony Costin ... assistant constructor
Michel De Graaf ... scenic artist
Wieger De Jong ... scenic artist
Constance de Vos ... set dresser (as Constance De Vos)
Sophie Fiennes ... art department production
Steve Hall ... carpenter
Paul Harrison ... carpenter
Daniel Harvey ... assistant constructor
Charley Hayward ... carpenter
Michael Howells ... assistant art director
Lidewij Kapteijn ... constructor
Alexander Kasterine ... art department assistant
Maarten Piersma ... constructor
Claudia Valentijn ... assistant constructor
Wilbert Van Dorp ... construction manager
Dory van Noort ... constructor (as Dori Van Noort)
Ank Van Straalen ... assistant art director
Coen Verbeek ... assistant scenic artist
Paul Wilkins ... propmaker
Nigel Worlidge ... carpenter

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Tom Buchanan ... boom operator
Felicity Cottrell ... footsteps artist
Michael Danks ... dubbing editor
Bill Garlic ... footsteps artist (as Bill Garlick)
Diane Greaves ... footsteps artist (as Dianne Greaves)
Nigel Heath ... sound effects treatment
Rached M'Dini ... assistant sound editor
Garth Marshall ... production sound / sound recordist
Maxine Matts ... assistant dubbing editor
Peter Maxwell ... dubbing mixer
Ashley McDuffy ... first assistant sound
Trevor Pyke ... assistant dubbing mixer
Shirley Shaw ... dubbing editor
Ted Swanscott ... footsteps mixer
Aad Wirtz ... adr mixer
Chris Wyatt ... dubbing editor
Steve Hancock ... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Tim Partridge ... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Noel Wallace ... dubbing projectionist (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Arthur Cloquet ... camera operator
Nils Dammers ... electrician
Max Harrison ... clapper loader
Nico Komen ... best boy
Piotr Kukla ... electrician
Martin McCullough ... chief grip
Chris Renson ... focus puller
Andy Saunders ... trainee electrician
Mel Scaffold ... rigging
Benito Strangio ... electrician
Reinier van Brummelen ... gaffer (as Reinier Van Brummelen)
Pieter Vermeer ... electrician
Slawomir Zukowski ... jobfit trainee

Casting Department

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Karen Lindsay-Stewart ... casting director's assistant
Ineke de Vos ... additional casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Carin Donaldson ... wardrobe assistant
Penelope Gobin ... wardrobe assistant
Sharon Long ... wardrobe assistant
Dien van Straalen ... wardrobe supervisor (as Dien Van Straalen)
Elianne Van Dorp ... wardrobe mistress

Music Department

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Graham Ashton ... musician: trumpet
Marsten Bailey ... assistant engineer
Alexander Balanescu ... musician: violin
Jonathan Carney ... musician: violin/viola (as Johnathan Carney)
Paul Chapman ... musician: boy soprano
David Cunningham ... music producer
Michael J. Dutton ... music mixer (as Michael J Dutton)
Terry Edwards ... director: London Voices
Andrew Findon ... musician: tenor/baritone sax/flute
David Fuest ... musician: clarinet/ bass clarinet
Dillon Gallagher ... assistant engineer
Will Gregory ... musician: piano
Jim Hall ... musician: drums (as James Hall)
John Harle ... musician: soprano/alto sax
Tony Hinnigan ... musician: cello
Tim Hunt ... music mixer
Chris Lawrence ... musician: double bass
Sarah Leonard ... musician: soprano
Michael Nyman ... conductor / music performed by / musician: piano
Elisabeth Perry ... musician: violin (as Elizabeth Perry)
John Perry ... musician: guitar
David Roach ... musician: alto sax
David Stewart ... musician: trombone

Other crew

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Nancy D'Ancona ... production coordinator
Jules Eyres ... production assistant
Rebecca Loak ... jobfit trainee
Giorgio Locatelli ... chef prop food
Marie-Christine Malbert ... publicity: France (as Marie Christine Malbert)
Charles McDonald ... publicity: UK
Nick Searle ... production assistant
Cor Severs ... production accountant
Nathalie Vierny ... continuity
Roland Wigman ... office manager
Nigel Wood ... production accountant
Susie Woodley ... catering: on-set
Andi Wright ... assistant: Kees Kasander
Joss Agnew ... jobfit trainee (uncredited)

Thanks

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Patrick Belleville ... special thanks
Juliet Clarke ... special thanks
Marietta De Vries ... special thanks
Graham Easton ... special thanks
Peter Falk ... special thanks
Alexander Gelderman ... special thanks
Ronnie Gerschtanowitz ... special thanks
Pat Gilwing ... special thanks
Billy Hinshelwood ... special thanks
Tim Johnson ... special thanks
Paul Le Chonge Klein ... special thanks
Jeannine Lockett ... special thanks
Andrew Mitchell ... special thanks
Paola Moretti ... special thanks (as Paola Moretti - Designer)
Leo Mulder ... special thanks
Gordon Stalker ... special thanks
Totty Whately ... special thanks
Colin Wilson ... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant. Food, colour coding, sex, murder, torture and cannibalism are the exotic fare in this beautifully filmed but brutally uncompromising modern fable which has been interpreted as an allegory for Thatcherism. Written by Keith Loh

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Taglines Greenaway's recipe of food and sex mixed with art is both delicious and wonderfully wicked. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le cuisinier, le voleur, sa femme et son amant (France)
  • El cocinero, el ladrón, su mujer y su amante (Spain)
  • Kuvar, lopov, njegova žena i njen ljubavnik (Serbia)
  • Der Koch, der Dieb, seine Frau und ihr Liebhaber (West Germany)
  • Ha-Tabah, Ha-Ganav, Ishto V'Ha-Meahev (Israel, Hebrew title)
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  • 124 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The mural on the back wall of the dining room is "The Banquet of the Officers of the St. George Militia of Haarlem" (1616) by Frans Hals. It became the basis for Peter Greenaway's set decoration & costuming in the dining area. See more »
Goofs When Albert (Michael Gambon) goes into the ladies' toilet and starts throwing women out of the cubicles, the second one has, as you would expect, her underwear around her knees. But her skirt rides right up, revealing that she is still wearing her underwear, and that the ones below are a prop. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in I Love You to Death/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Cry-Baby/The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover/Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990). See more »
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Crazy Credits Closing credits epilogue: "And a special thanks to those very many people who patiently & repeatedly performed as patients & nurses in the hospital ward, and as diners in the Hollandais Restaurant." See more »
Quotes Georgina: Try the cock, Albert. It's a delicacy, and you know where it's been.
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