The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husband’s restaurant.

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Film Cast:

  • Richard Boarst: Richard Bohringer
  • Albert Spica: Michael Gambon
  • Georgina Spica: Helen Mirren
  • Michael: Alan Howard
  • Mitchel: Tim Roth
  • Cory: Ciarán Hinds
  • Grace: Liz Smith
  • Spangler: Gary Olsen
  • Harris: Ewan Stewart
  • Turpin: Roger Ashton-Griffiths
  • Terry Fitch: Ian Dury
  • May Fitch: Diane Langton
  • Corelle Fitch: Prudence Oliver
  • Mews: Ron Cook
  • Patricia: Emer Gillespie
  • Alice: Janet Henfrey
  • Roy: Willie Ross
  • Geoff: Roger Lloyd Pack
  • Adele: Alex Kingston
  • Starkie: Bob Goody
  • Pup: Paul Russell
  • Eden: Arnie Breeveld
  • Troy: Tony Alleff
  • Phillipe: Ian Sears
  • Melter: Peter Rush
  • Fish Girl: Pauline Mayer
  • Meat Boy: Ben Stoneham
  • 1st Diner: Andy Wilson
  • 2nd Diner: John Mullis
  • Cabaret Singer: Flavia Brilli
  • Dancer: Sophie Goodchild
  • Waiter: Alex Fraser
  • Waiter: Michael Clark
  • Waiter: Gary Logan
  • Waiter: Tim Geary
  • Waiter: Saffron Rainey
  • Waiter: Hywel Williams-Ellis
  • Waiter: Michael Maguire
  • Kitchen Staff: Patric Walters
  • Kitchen Staff: Sue Maund
  • Kitchen Staff: Nick Brozovic
  • Kitchen Staff: Caroline Pagano
  • Customer: Keith Barrows
  • 1st Diner’s Wife: Yolande Brener
  • A Guest: Irene Palko
  • Dancer: Brenda Edwards

Film Crew:

  • Costume Design: Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Editor: John Wilson
  • Director of Photography: Sacha Vierny
  • Co-Producer: Pascale Dauman
  • Original Music Composer: Michael Nyman
  • Sound Effects: Nigel Heath
  • Production Design: Jan Roelfs
  • Co-Producer: Daniel Toscan du Plantier
  • Casting: Sharon Howard-Field
  • Director: Peter Greenaway
  • Production Design: Ben van Os
  • Producer: Kees Kasander
  • Co-Producer: Denis Wigman
  • Makeup Effects: Sjoerd Didden
  • First Assistant Editor: Julian Rodd
  • Sound Designer: Garth Marshall
  • Makeup Artist: Sara Meerman
  • First Assistant Director: Gerrit Martijn
  • Musician: Chris Laurence
  • Boom Operator: Tom Buchanan

Movie Reviews:

  • talisencrw: Having previously watched Greenaway’s ‘Prospero’s Books’, basically from the same era, one definitely gets a sense of the auteur, of great visualizing prowess in the Welsh native. I adore watching Helen Mirren from ANY era, but particularly here, in between the young adulthood beauty she displayed in Michael Powell’s ‘Age of Consent’, through the remarkably absurd and audacious ‘Caligula’, straight to the sophisticated and very dangerous gorgeousness displayed in ‘The Comfort of Strangers’.

    It’s great to see any dude who’s mean to a beautiful woman get their comeuppance (particularly the wealthy–it offers a sort of ‘wish fulfillment’ for the 99% of us), and the climax here is one of cinema’s most articulate presentation of that phenomenon. It definitely made me wish to see the rest of both Greenaway’s movies and of Mirren’s performances. Well worth the acquired taste necessary for this sort of delicacy.

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