Eating Raoul

Production year: 1983

Comedy R   Running time: 1:23

IMDB rating:   6.8     Aspect: Wide;  Languages: English;  Subtitles: English, French;  Audio: DD Stereo

You'd think a black comedy about murder, tackiness, and sexual perversion would quickly become dated, but Eating Raoul (1982) feels surprisingly fresh and delightful. When Mary Bland (Mary Woronov) gets assaulted by one of the repulsive swingers from the neighboring apartment, her husband Paul (Paul Bartel) rescues her with a swift blow from a frying pan--only to discover a substantial wad of cash in the swinger's wallet. A lure-and-kill scheme follows, which nicely fills their nest egg until a slippery thief named Raoul (Robert Beltran of Star Trek: Voyager, making his film debut) stumbles onto the truth and insists on getting a share. When Raoul starts demanding a share of Mary as well, Paul has to take drastic steps. The key to Eating Raoul isn't the sensational content, but the blithe, matter-of-fact attitude Bartel and Woronov take to it; their sly underplaying makes the movie sparkle with wicked wit.

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Features

Audio commentary
Featurettes/Behind-The-Scenes/Documentaries
Gag Reel/Bloopers/Outtakes
Interviews
Trailers/TV spots

Special features

Audio Commentary Featuring Screenwriter Richard Blackburn, Production Designer Robert Schulenberg, and Editor Alan Toomayan
The Secret Cinema and Naught Nurse: Two Short Films By Director Paul Bartel
Cooking Up Raoul: A New Documentary About The Making Of The Film, Featuring Interviews With Stars Mary Woronov, Robert Beltran, and Eddie McClurg
Gag Reel Of Outtakes From The Film
Archival Interview With Bartel and Woronov
An Essay By Film Critic David Ehrenstein
Eating Raoul