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

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Max (Robert Morley) is a wealthy, world-class conoisseur of fine food, who cannot stop himself from eating when the food is first-class. His doctor has given him stern warnings that he must lose over one hundred pounds, or he will die of heart failure. The presence of so many four-star chefs in Europe is a hazard for him. When many of these same chefs are found murdered in inventive ways, each related to the chef's specialty, it begins to appear that Max is the prime suspect in their deaths. Meanwhile, the ex-wife (Jaqueline Bisset) of a fast-food tycoon (George Segal) has earned the right to cook the dessert course at a dinner billed as "the world's most fabulous meal." Despite their profound disagreements, he is worried that she will be one of the murderer's victims.This film, which was loved by some critics and hated by others, is based on the best-selling novel Someone is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe by Nan and Ivan Lyons. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
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PG
Genre:
Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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Warner Bros. Pictures

Cast

Philippe Noiret
as Moulineau
Jean Rochefort
as Grandvilliers
Gigi Proietti
as Ravello
Stefano Satta Flores
as Fausto Zoppi
Madge Ryan
as Beecham
Frank Windsor
as Blodgett
Peter Sallis
as St. Claire
Tim Barlow
as Doyle
John Le Mesurier
as Dr. Deere
Joss Ackland
as Cantrell
Jean Gaven
as Salpetre
Daniel Emilfork
as Saint-Juste
Jacques Marin
as Massenet
Jacques Balutin
as Chappemain
Anita Graham
as Blonde
Nicholas Ball
as Skeffington
David Cook (XXII)
as Bussingbill
Nigel Havers
as Counterman
Sheila Ruskin
as Actress
Struan Rodger
as Assistant Director
Derek Smith
as Man in Corridor
Marjorie Smith
as Receptionist
Sylvia Kay
as Reporter
Aimee Delamain
as Old Woman
Lyall Jones
as Driver
Eddie Tagoe
as Mumbala
Luigi Proietti
as Ravello
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Critic Reviews for Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (Too Many Chefs)

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Chicago Reader
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Slick comedy whodunit with George Segal and Jacqueline Bisset.

July 27, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

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June 12, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

A broad and silly mystery spoof periodically salvaged by an ensemble cast.

April 2, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (Too Many Chefs)

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]

monsieur rick
monsieur rick
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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 being a prime suspect for three murders in London, Paris, and Venice. Jacqueline Bisset, as his ex-wife and intended fourth victem, is a better actress here than she is in most of her movies. However, the best performance in the movie is given by Robert Morley, as an obese food critic with an acidic sense of humor. You may be asking me why my grade isn't higher, and I'll tell you why. The movie has a grim way of killing off the chefs that is very graphic and throws the entire movie of balance. However, I usually skip those scenes and the movie becomes better as a whole.

Brendan Carr
Brendan Carr

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