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The Gourmet (1984)

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 »

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Michael Whyte

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Kazuo Ishiguro
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Cast

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
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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 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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UK

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English

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1.33 : 1
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Memorable odd short film
8 May 2014 | by SuburbaniteSee all my reviews

I saw this on TV back when London-area ITV would show random oddities like this late at night. In the many years since then I have occasionally come across people who have also seen it, but unsurprisingly not many. The title character prides himself on having eaten everything there is to eat in the world, and becomes gloomy when he thinks there is now nothing else to try - until an acquaintance convinces him to eat something NOT of this world.

For such a short film that I only saw once it has stuck in my mind so it must have had something going for it. I felt there was a general message of how we can always remain unsatisfied if we keep trying to push our boundaries.

By the way, something else that stuck in my mind - the IMDb entry lists Charles Gray's character as 'The Gourmet'. But the character does have a name, one of my favourite character names in fact - Manley Kingston. Somehow, that really does sound like a gourmet.


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