The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

Peter Greenaway (1989)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Avant-garde director Peter Greenaway's most accessible film to date is a truly elegant, shocking and transfixing experience. A Jacobean drama in contemporary clothing, this savage indictment of greed, power and control in today's wannabe society finds Helen Mirren memorably strutting her stuff in another risky, and risqué, performance, while manic Michael Gambon portrays evil personified. Memorably scored by Michael Nyman, Greenaway's stunning "designer dream" is sick, sexy and rude in about equal provocative proportions and totally unforgettable.


A sadistic gangster enjoys the high life in his French restaurant, while also committing horrific acts of torture. His brutalised wife has a secret affair on the premises, assisted by the chef. When the brutal criminal discovers her infidelity, he plots revenge, setting off a cycle of increasingly brutal violence. Peter Greenaway's drama, starring Helen Mirren and Michael Gambon.

Cast & Crew

Richard Borst, the Cook Richard Bohringer
Albert Spica, the Thief Michael Gambon
Georgina Spica, the Wife Helen Mirren
Michael, the Lover Alan Howard
Mitchel Tim Roth
Cory Ciaran Hinds
Spangler Gary Olsen
Harris Ewan Stewart
Turpin Roger Ashton-Griffiths
Mews Ron Cook
Grace Liz Smith
Adele Alex Kingston
Terry Fitch Ian Dury
May Fitch Diane Langton
Geoff Roger Lloyd Pack
Patricia Emer Gillespie
Pup Paul Russell
Director Peter Greenaway
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray