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The Gourmet (1984)

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A rich old gourmet that has decided to taste all there is of exotic meals has already tried the most, even human flesh, when he gets a tip from a rich midget. The midget had tasted ... See full summary »


Michael Whyte


Kazuo Ishiguro


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Credited cast:
Charles Gray ... Manley Kingston
Mick Ford ... David
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steven Bronowski Steven Bronowski ... Carter
Christopher Good ... Proterston
Christopher Guinee Christopher Guinee ... Homeless Man
Helen Lindsay ... Winnie
Alec Mango ... Rossi
David Rappaport ... Dr. Grosvenor
John Tordoff John Tordoff ... Ghost Tramp


A rich old gourmet that has decided to taste all there is of exotic meals has already tried the most, even human flesh, when he gets a tip from a rich midget. The midget had tasted everything out of this world, and even something not of this world. In other words, a ghost. The gourmet gets very interested and the midget gives him the info that is needed. And once he has found a haunted place, all he has to do is wait for the ghost to turn up so he can have the most exotic meal in his career as a feinschmecker. Written by Morkel

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Fascinating, unusual film
30 January 2006 | by offramp_tavanipupuSee all my reviews

Charles Gray plays a gourmet who has eaten practically everything in the world; animals of every description. At one dinner evening - where something unusual (possibly unique) has once again been served up, a fellow diner mentions to him that it is possible to eat a ghost.

He manages to trap a ghost. It must eaten quickly so he uses a frying pan being used by some down-and-outs by the banks of the River Thames. He finds the experience unsettling.

It is a strange outing for Charles Gray, even though he surely didn't mind appearing in outré films, such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He is essentially the only person in this film and he is superb. He is actually perfect as the dissolute gourmet.

The film is a little like an episode of The Twilight Zone with a much larger budget. Unlike The Twilight Zone, however, your chances of seeing this film are about 10% - with a bit of luck. I am relying on the memory of a single viewing 25 years ago for all of this!

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