Eating Raoul

Eating Raoul

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Cast: Mary Woronov, Robert Beltran, Susan Saiger

     
 

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Eating Raoul was celebrated at the time of its release as the perfect marriage between mainstream moviemaking and the so-called "underground" cinema. Cult-film icons Mary Woronov and Paul Bartel (both of whom directed) play a married couple who decide to cash in on the sexual perversions of others. Posing as a hooker, Woronov lures the "johns" in and indulgesSee more details below

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Eating Raoul was celebrated at the time of its release as the perfect marriage between mainstream moviemaking and the so-called "underground" cinema. Cult-film icons Mary Woronov and Paul Bartel (both of whom directed) play a married couple who decide to cash in on the sexual perversions of others. Posing as a hooker, Woronov lures the "johns" in and indulges their every kinky whim, whereupon Bartel kills the unwary client, steals the valuables, and sells the corpse for dog food. Though they see nothing wrong in what they're doing, they react in prudish disgust at the sexual preferences of their victims. Eventually, Raoul (Robert Beltran), the fellow who transports the corpses to the dog food concern, proves expendable--and extremely edible. Eating Raoul features a high-powered comic supporting cast, among them Buck Henry, Ed Begley Jr., Richard Paul, Hamilton Camp, and Edie McClurg.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Paul Bartel's black comedy about a middle-class couple who want to open a restaurant has become a cult classic. Bartel and Mary Woronov play a staid couple who formulate a plan to murder and rob "swingers" to finance their dream of opening a gourmet restaurant. Bartel, who dealt in black comedy long before it became fashionable, has created an oddly affectionate satire of this Moral Majority couple, whose righteousness is concealed behind anonymous polyester surfaces, and are literally dubbed the Blands. Although they believe that the "swingers," i.e. anyone single who is having sex, deserve to die for their terrible transgressions, they're so humane toward their victims that they evoke especially unctuous undertakers. Mary Woronov, a fixture of Warhol's Factory in the '60s, and someone whose mien always suggested the unspeakable, is a witty choice as the homicidal wife, and Bartel adopts the role of tract-house suburbanite with eerie aplomb.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2012
UPC:
0715515098618
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
R
Source:
Criterion
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:23:00
Sales rank:
11,409

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Performance Credits
Paul Bartel Paul Bland
Mary Woronov Mary
Robert Beltran Raoul
Susan Saiger Doris the Dominatrix
Ed Begley Hippy
Dan Barrows Bobbie R.
Dick Blackburn James
Ralph Brannen Raoul's Friend
Hamilton Camp Mr. Peck
Buck Henry Mr. Leech
Edie McClurg Susan
Richard Paul Mr. Kray
Mark Woods Hold-up Man
John Shearin Patient
Darcy Pulliam Nurse Sheila
Arlene Harris Swinger
Garry Goodrow Drunk Swinger
Anna Mathias Secretary
Allan Rich Nazi
Billy Curtis Little Person
John Paragon Sexshop Salesman
Don Steele Host
Rick Waln Doris' Admirer
Robert V. Barron Butler at Swingers Party
Myron Meisel Actor
Carol Bahoric Actor

Technical Credits
Paul Bartel Director,Screenwriter
Richard Blackburn Screenwriter
Anne Kimmel Producer
Arlon Ober Score Composer
Bob Schulenberg Production Designer
Gary Thieltges Cinematographer
Alan Toomayan Editor

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