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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 1989
  • Peter Greenaway
  • 118 mins
  • 18

Summary

Black comedy drama starring Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren and Alan Howard. Georgina, the abused wife of ruthless gangster Albert Spica, begins a torrid affair with a diner she encounters one night in her husband's restaurant. In the ensuing days, the restaurant's chef conspires with the couple in an attempt to keep their affair secret.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Cast

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Richard Borst, the CookRichard Bohringer
Albert Spica, the ThiefMichael Gambon
Georgina Spica, the WifeHelen Mirren
Michael, the LoverAlan Howard
MitchelTim Roth
CoryCiaran Hinds
SpanglerGary Olsen
HarrisEwan Stewart
TurpinRoger Ashton-Griffiths
MewsRon Cook
GraceLiz Smith
AdeleAlex Kingston
Terry FitchIan Dury
May FitchDiane Langton
GeoffRoger Lloyd Pack
PatriciaEmer Gillespie
PupPaul Russell

Crew

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DirectorPeter Greenaway

Details

Released on
1989-10-13
Languages
English | French | Dutch
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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