Eating Raoul

Synopsis: When a Paul enters his apartment to find Mary fighting off a swinger who has gotten into the wrong apartement (and thinks that Mary is just playing hard to get) he hits the man with a frying pan, killing him. Their dreams of running a small resturant seem to be in jeopardy until they decide to dispose of the body, keep the wallet, and to advertise for other sexually oriented visitors who are summarily killed, bagged, robbed and disposed of. This goes along quite well until one night a burglar named Raoul breaks in and cuts himself in for a piece of the action.
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Director(s): Paul Bartel
Production: Criterion Collection
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

Hollywood, California.

City of contrast.

Home to the rich and powerful...

...yet so popular

with the broken and destitute.

Here, sex hunger is reflected

in every aspect of daily life...

...and instant gratification

is tirelessly pursued.

A center of casual violence

and capricious harassment...

...where rampant vice and amorality

permeate every strata of society.

The barrier between food

and sex has dissolved.

It is a fact that prolonged exposure

to such a psychopathic environment...

...will eventually warp even the most

normal and decent among us.

This, then, is the story

of Hollywood today.

Not a pretty story, but presented

here exactly as it happened.

Really? Stomach cramps?

But it's such a good buy.

So is lighter fluid at $ 1.50 a pint...

...but I wouldn't serve it

to my dinner guests.

- Forget about Mountain Brook.

- My date wouldn't know the difference.

How about a nice...


I'm sure it would go very well

with your meat.

- How much?

- $3.50 plus tax.

All right.

I'll take it on your say-so.

Now, you let me know

if you're not completely satisfied.

With the wine, you mean?

Bland, did you refuse that customer

a bottle of Mountain Brook?

I certainly did. It's undrinkable.

I'm not interested in your opinion,

Mr. Gourmet.

If a customer wants a wine

that we carry, that's what he gets.

I tried a bottle. It made me sick.

It makes me three times as sick if I get

stuck with those 10 cases we got.

- I think this man...

- Another thing.

Who told you to order a case

of Chateau Lafitte Rothschild?

This stuff goes for $400 a bottle.

We don't have customers for that.

You got your head up your ass?

I think this man...

Excuse me, one of you mind giving me

the money out of that register?

- What?

- Give me money out of the register...

...and make it fast.

- Mr. Kray, you killed him.

- Yeah.

Now, how about that Chateau Lafitte?

Dr. Benihana, Dr. Benihana,

you're wanted in Neurosurgery.

Dr. Benihana, Dr. Benihana,

you're wanted in Neurosurgery.

What's this garbage?

Liver puree, asparagus salad

and mixed fruit mash.

- Make a new man of you.

- Christ!

Hey, Mary, Paul called.

He's leaving work early.

He'll pick you up after work.

- Okay, thanks, Sheila.

- Paul?

Isn't that the dumpy dude

who came by for you a few days ago?

- Boy, he seems like a giant hard-off.

- He happens to be my husband.

Baby, you got a problem.

And we could solve it so easily.

Oh, what's that supposed to mean?

With your shape, that's like

wasting a natural resource.

- Open your mouth.

- Lf I do, will you open your legs?

I might do something for you,

if you would do something for me.

Eat that.

Dewey, how would you

like to unblock golden boy?

Love to.

- Okay, I'm ready.

- I can see you are.

I bet you thought I was

gonna run out on you.

No. You know a good thing

when you see it.

Hey, Mary.

They want you down in the kitchen.

I was about to give Mr. Baker

his high colonic.

- What?

- Don't worry, I'll do it for you.

Dewey, would you? But try not to tear

anything like you did last time. Bye.

- Hey!

- Don't worry.

She's just kidding.

Actually, enemas are my specialty.

What a luxury to be picked up.

How was your day?

Not great.

- What's wrong?

- I have a little headache.

I hope it goes away

when James comes.

That's all right.

We're having chicken cacciatore.

I hope this place that James found

is gonna be as good as it sounds.

I was thinking about what

we should name it.

I know that you love Chez Bland

and I do too...

...but, well, what if we just called it

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Paul Bartel

Paul Bartel (August 6, 1938 – May 13, 2000) was an American actor, writer and director. Bartel was perhaps most known for his 1982 hit black comedy Eating Raoul, which he wrote, starred in and directed. more…

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