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The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

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Release Date
 USA: Apr 6, 1990
DVD Release Date
 R1: Jun 7, 2004
 R2: 10 Nov 2003

Running Time
2 hours, 4 minutes

Country France, Netherlands, UK

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Other Titles
• The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover
• The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
• Spica (1989)
• Der Koch, der Dieb, seine Frau und ihr Liebhaber (1989)

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Genre: Drama, Horror, Cannibals, Disturbing, Gangsters, Black Comedy, Satire, Suspense, Murder, Surreal, Infidelity, Erotic

Tagline: Lust...Murder...Dessert. Bon Appetit!

Plot: Master director Greenaway (THE PILLOW BOOK) outdoes himself with this grisly fairy tale. The thief, Albert Spica, (Gambon) is a gangster, repugnant and boorish, who holds court at the same table in his opulent restaurant every night surrounded by his lackeys (Tim Roth and the late Ian Dury included). When his cultured and repressed wife Georgina (Mirren) becomes magnetically attracted to a solitary diner in the restaurant, the two begin a secret affair under the nose of her dangerous husband. With the help of the restaurant's chef, the time the lovers share is kept secret from the vicious Albert...for a while. Despite the breathtaking production design and artful camera work, this violent, disturbing and very darkly comic work is not for everyone. Those with the stomach for it, however, will reap generous rewards.

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 Directed by
Peter Greenaway
The Pillow Book, Prospero's Books, Drowning by Numbers
 Written by
Peter Greenaway
The Pillow Book, Prospero's Books, Drowning by Numbers
Michael Gambon
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Helen Mirren
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Tim Roth
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Alex Kingston
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Richard Bohringer
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Alan Howard
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Gary Olsen
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 Music By
Michael Nyman
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