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Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?

PG 1978 1h 52m Comedy List
77% Tomatometer 13 Reviews 70% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
Food critic Max Vandeveer (Robert Morley) is a gluttonous gourmand whose appetite is killing him. His doctor tells him he needs to lay off the fine dining, or else. That prescription gets a little easier to follow when a highly unusual killing spree hits the fine restaurants of Europe: a murderer is knocking off four-star chefs. At the same time, the murders make the invitation to prepare dessert at a lavish dinner less than auspicious for famous pastry chef Natasha (Jacqueline Bisset). Read More Read Less

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Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times The movie's a light, silly entertainment, with class. A lot of the class comes from Morley, who's spent most of his time in recent years on the London stage and in British Airways commercials. Rated: 3/4 Jun 16, 2018 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy A fast-paced delight. Rated: 3/4 Jan 1, 2024 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) A delicious satire... [Full review in Spanish] Aug 8, 2023 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com ...a star-driven detective romp that's packed with quality and good taste... Rated: 4/5 Mar 29, 2021 Full Review Steve Crum Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers Slick comedy whodunit with George Segal and Jacqueline Bisset. Rated: 3/5 Jul 27, 2006 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jun 12, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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william k Fairly humorous, but quite silly crime mystery spoof is basically well-made and entertaining; Robert Morley, though, steals the show. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review martin a Robert Morley is outstanding in this as a critic who favors great food and eats too much of it. Then he is given six months to live. His Niece who has an annoying ex-husband who wants her to join him in his battery farm business returns to cook for the Queen. However, the top chefs get bumped off one by one. A nice twist at the end. The worst thing about this film is George Segal who is so annoying and badly cast, and an awful actor if ever there was. However some outstanding moments from Madge Ryan, Peter Sallis, John Le Mesurier, Jacques Marin and Philippe Noiret Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review steve d Not in the least bit entertaining. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Ok comedy/mystery. The much heralded murders are a bit lackluster, though Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Devilishly amusing, even witty. A crime comedy movie with a balanced approached to each. George Segal and his ex wife reluctantly become detectives trying to solve just whom is murdering the master chefs of Europe. [img]http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQGFoIOZ_zkPAt18wrCn3KgYdrLJFzT5GGzAuHVyQJDQYHMJ1ckqA[/img] George Segal left, Robert Morely center, Bisset right Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? is a 1978 comedy mystery film starring George Segal, Jacqueline Bisset, and Robert Morley. It is based on the novel Someone is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe by Nan and Ivan Lyons. The chefs are each killed in a manner reflecting their most famous dishes; for example, the lobster chef is drowned (in the book the recipe for each dish is given). Well done in all respects, great cinematography of many tourist spots in Europe. From the start you know you are on a gastronomic trip of caloric proportions! [img]http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTWWt5-9LNSDYEYqSK6WQMqIqlSyUDQvCS-taGr1i47NRMIr2m2[/img] This early scene in the film is about as risque as this film gets, all done with humor of course.... SEE it all here at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNL2yGReKsQ&list=PL943CDA52348692B5 Oscar winner Henry Mancini, composer, provides the soundtrack to this one. George Segal, oft times a comedian in film does his usual fine performance as a fast food enteprenuer once married to a master chef herself, Bissett. Veteran actor Robert Morely owns a gastro intellect magazine who is over weight, overly intellectual and overly obscessed with all the chefs of Europe. [img]http://i.ytimg.com/vi/FNL2yGReKsQ/0.jpg[/img] REVIEWS: ----90% Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? is a pretty good suspence-comedy from 1978. George Segal is good as the fast-food man who finds himself be... More ---- As for the whodunit? When the killer was finally revealed I had guessed wrong and enjoyed evey moment. NOTES: 1 Playing a pompous gourmet in this film was Robert Morley who due to the popularity of the character went onto make a series of successful television commercials for Heinz soup. [img]http://filmfanatic.org/reviews/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/whos-killing-cake.png[/img] Awards Robert Morley won Best Supporting Actor at the 1978 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards (1978) and at the National Society of Film Critics Awards (1979). He was also nominated for Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor in a Supporting Role along with Jacqueline Bisset for Best Motion Picture Actress (1979). Directed by Ted Kotcheff Produced by William Aldrich Written by Peter Stone Starring George Segal Jacqueline Bisset Robert Morley Jean-Pierre Cassel Philippe Noiret Jean Rochefort Music by Henry Mancini Cinematography John Alcott Studio Lorimar Distributed by Warner Bros. Release date(s) October 5, 1978 Running time 112 minutes Country United States/West Germany Language English [img]http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQu25VvWBN8MBHBPaiIEVg7QRqfsDD_QyNs9ge39Kc2UbMizSyI[/img] Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member So-so comedy is made better than it deserves by a good cast, especially George Segal. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Food critic Max Vandeveer (Robert Morley) is a gluttonous gourmand whose appetite is killing him. His doctor tells him he needs to lay off the fine dining, or else. That prescription gets a little easier to follow when a highly unusual killing spree hits the fine restaurants of Europe: a murderer is knocking off four-star chefs. At the same time, the murders make the invitation to prepare dessert at a lavish dinner less than auspicious for famous pastry chef Natasha (Jacqueline Bisset).
Director
Ted Kotcheff
Rating
PG
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Oct 21, 2009
Runtime
1h 52m