Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover, The

The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband’s restaurant. Food, colour coding, sex, murder, torture and cannibalism are the exotic fare in this beautifully filmed but brutally uncompromising modern fable which has been interpreted as an allegory for Thatcherism.

Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover, The

Title: Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover, The

Release Date: 1989

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Horror

    Directors: Greenaway, Peter


  • Richard Bohringer as Richard Borst
  • Gambon, Michael as Albert Spica
  • Mirren, Helen as Georgina Spica
  • Howard, Alan as Michael
  • Roth, Tim as Mitchel
  • Hinds, CiarĂ¡n as Cory
  • Olsen, Gary as Spangler
  • Stewart, Ewan as Harris
  • Ashton-Griffiths, Roger as Turpin
  • Cook, Ron as Mews
  • Smith, Liz as Grace
  • Gillespie, Emer as Patricia
  • Henfrey, Janet as Alice
  • Breeveld, Arnie as Eden
  • Alleff, Tony as Troy

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