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Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978)

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One by one, the greatest Chefs in Europe are being killed. Each chef murdered in the same manner that their own special dish is prepared in. Food critics and the (many) self-proclaimed greatest Chefs in Europe demand the mystery be solved.

Director:

Ted Kotcheff

Writers:

Nan Lyons (novel), Ivan Lyons (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Segal ... Robby Ross
Jacqueline Bisset ... Natasha
Robert Morley ... Max
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Kohner
Philippe Noiret ... Moulineau
Jean Rochefort ... Grandvilliers
Gigi Proietti ... Ravello (as Luigi Proietti)
Stefano Satta Flores Stefano Satta Flores ... Fausto Zoppi
Madge Ryan ... Beecham
Frank Windsor ... Blodgett
Peter Sallis ... St. Claire
Tim Barlow ... Doyle
John Le Mesurier ... Dr. Deere
Joss Ackland ... Cantrell
Jean Gaven ... Salpetre
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Blessed with a delicate tongue and a biting wit, Max Vandervere, revered editor of Epicurus Magazine, has chosen the courses for the world's most fabulous meal and the four chefs who created them. Among them are the ravishing Natasha O'Brien, famed for her pastry, and Louis Kohner, whose baked pigeons are nonpareil. Murder suddenly darkens the gourmet world when Louis is found baked to death in London and suspicion falls on Natasha and her ex-husband Robby Ross, a fast-foods franchiser who is trying to convince the great chefs of Europe to lend their names to his chain of omelet shops. Max then sends Natasha to Venice to interview renowned lobster chef Fausto Zoppi for a fish course, but he, too, is found dead, drowned in his lobster tank. Clearly, the murders are connected to Max's ultimate menu. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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A delicious mystery. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Trivia

The movie was notable for having a distinguishable European cast of French and Italian actors. The top billed lead was an American (George Segal) with Robert Morley and Jacqueline Bisset both being English. At the time, French actor Philippe Noiret had recently appeared in another French food film farce, "Blow Out" [La Grande Bouffe (1973)]. See more »

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Max: [Berating a subordinate] What next, the 'Andes Plane Crash Cookbook'?
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Remade as Who Is Killing the Great Chefs? See more »

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La Paloma
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Music by Sebastián Yradier
Arranged by Jack Hayes
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sheer comic delight from beginning to end
4 January 2000 | by rupieSee all my reviews

This one is going to make it to the roster of all-time great comedies. Its sheer classiness and the elegant level of its wit on both the verbal and visual level - so different from the crassness and vulgarity of much American comedy (the more so in recent years) - made me suspect an English touch, and sure enough, the Canadian-born director, Ted Kotcheff, made his career in the UK. Jacqueline Bissett is a delight to the eye and George Segal makes a charmingly roguish screen presence; they work wonderfully off each other. But Robert Morley - perfectly cast - runs away with the whole movie with his acerbically comic portrayal of the gourmet-cum-gourmand Max. The wonderfully funny food references throughout, and the gorgeous cinematography of European locales put the icing on this comic eclair. And, just for good measure, first-time viewers will have a devil of a time trying to decide just who is killing the great chefs of Europe. This ranks right up there with the best of the Ealing Studios work. A must-see for connoisseurs of literate comedy.


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Official Sites:

Bavaria Film [Germany]

Country:

West Germany | USA | Italy | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 September 1978 (France) See more »

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Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? See more »

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Color (MGM Color)

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1.78 : 1
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