The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Peter Greenaway
Production: Trimark
  7 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min

Go and get the dogs.

Come on, then. Mews!

Come on, now. Open your mouth.

Open your mouth, eh?

Learn to appreciate your food, eh?

Compared to what you serve up

in that dirty little canteen of yours,

this is a three-star supper.

You must learn the rules.

I need to eat and drink the very best

and that's expensive.

Have you ever heard of

chicken la reine Marie

or oyster sauce mornay

or frogs' legs Parisienne?

No. Course you haven't.

Take his pants down! Take his pants down.

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

Didn't your daddy teach you

to wipe your bottom? Eh?

Albert! Leave him alone.

- Come on, let's eat.

- Oh, let's eat.

Before we eat, Georgina,

we must feed and water the animals.

Roy! This is my wife, Georgina Spica.

She's got a heart of gold

and a body to match.

I am Albert Spica and I have a heart of gold

and a great deal of money to match.

And you are Roy,

who's got absolutely nothing,

except what you owe me.

You are humiliated in front of a lady,

you're humiliated in front of us.

Georgina, I'll be as quick

as I possibly can.

Goh-You, go and get me some hot water, eh?

And a towel and soap.



Now I've given you a good dinner

and you can have a nice drink.

Now, you behave yourself in future

and pay when I ask you.

No, no, no...

Or next time I'll make you eat your own sh*t

after forcing it through

your dick like toothpaste.

No, put that away, Spangler.

Cor blimey, there's a lady present.

She doesn't want to see

your shrivelled contributions.

That's it. Thank you very much.

Nice, clean...

Give me that towel!

Give me that. Yeah.

I never liked that Chinese food

but looking at you now, I like it even less.

Righto, boys!

We must surprise Richard on our anniversary.

Bring the letters.

Georgie, you got ash on your tits.

If you're gonna wear black, don't smoke.

- You look like a tart in black.

- It's blue.

It's black, and don't smoke.

It's sloppy in a woman.

No one who's going to eat smokes.

It ruins your taste buds, burns your tongue

and makes your pee stink.

- Rubbish.

- It's not bloody rubbish.

I've smelt the loo

after you've been piddling in there.

When are you gonna learn, smartarse?

Have mercy upon me.

Come on, hurry up, boys.

...upon me .

Righto, lads, get them numbers up there -

Spica & Boarst.

Blot out my transgressions

Purge me with hyssop

And I shall be clean

Wash me

Wash me

And I shall be whiter than snow.

Where's Richard?

- He's plucking.

- He's plucking, eh? Richard!

Where are you?

Stop that plucking. Where are you?

Now what's that? A-S-P...

That's nonsense.

Spell it right, for Christ's sake.

Bloody hell. Richard! Rich...

There you are, Richard. Now...

Leave that out and come and see

what I've got you, eh?

I've brought you a present.

This is our anniversary.

Three months of mutual understanding,

eh, Richard?

Three months since I first invited you

to be my favourite restaurateur.

Mr Spica, this is a duck.

Ducks are born with the feathers on

but it's your dinner, Mr Spica.

If you want the feathers to remain,

we could try the dish,

I suppose,

by leaving the feathers as they are.

Canard en ses plumes torche.

Mitchel, you mule.

'Ere, Richard, come and see, come on.

Please, I beg you. Ha! Come on.

Georgina, how many times have I told you?

No smoking in the kitchen.

Mitchel, get your arse down here quick.

Come on.

Now, Richard, this is your...

well, our new sign.



Oh, God!


- It's dark in the restaurant.

- Yes, Phillipe.

Thanks to Mr Spica's generosity,

it is dark everywhere.

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Peter Greenaway

Peter Greenaway, CBE (born 5 April 1942 in Newport, Wales) is a British film director, screenwriter, and artist. His films are noted for the distinct influence of Renaissance and Baroque painting, and Flemish painting in particular. Common traits in his film are the scenic composition and illumination and the contrasts of costume and nudity, nature and architecture, furniture and people, sexual pleasure and painful death. more…

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