Food in Film Compilation

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by mudbug, Dec 14, 2001.

  1. mudbug


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    Hi all,

    Well, I've been sitting on this for over a year now. Thought I'd finally throw it out there. The following is a listing of food films/movies (not TV) compiled by my own research. I have not seen every film on this list. Many are from listings for course studies at various colleges on food in film. Those with asterisks[*] indicate titles where food is the central theme of the film and can be strongly supported by multiple third party sources via Google.

    After doing the research, I feel many of these lists need to be updated and better researched. I was disappointed to discover many titles on these lists which hardly have one scene worthy of being classified as a legitimate food scene, much less the entire film which is what List II is for.

    I have made every attempt to make this list simple yet comprehensive. Both are in alphabetical order.

    Titles under List I are undoubtedly worthy of being considered a Ôfood filmÕ with direct links to their pages at The Internet Movie Database. I hope you find it useful and that it sparks even more discussion on food in film.

    Titles under List II consists of those included on other's lists which distantly have something do with food, albiet cannabilism, bulemia, characterizaion, a memorable scene, or a restaurant setting in the background.

    LIST I

    * 301-302 1995
    South Korea - John Hart : Horror / Mystery / Thriller
    L'Aile ou la Cuisse 1976
    France - Claude Zidi : Comedy
    Au Petit Marguery 1997
    France - Laurent Benegui
    * Babette's Feast 1987
    Danish / French - Gabriel Axel : Comedy / Drama
    * Bella Martha aka Mostly Martha 2001
    Sandra Nettelbeck : Comedy / Romance
    * Big Night 1996
    Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci : Comedy
    Black is... Black Ain't 1994
    Marlon Riggs : Documentary
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005
    Tim Burton : Fantasy / Adventure / Comedy / Family
    A Chef in Love 1996
    French / Georgian / Russian - Nana Dzhordzhadze : Comedy
    * Chicken and Duck Talk or Chicken and Fast Food 1988
    Clifton Ko : Comedy [Gai tung aap gong]
    The Chinese Feast 1994
    Cantonese - Hark Tsui [Jin yu man tang]
    * Chocolat 2000
    Lasse Hallstrom -- Comedy / Romance
    The Cook 1918
    Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle -- Comedy / Short
    The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover 1989
    Peter Greenaway -- Drama / Horror
    * Cooking with Butter[La Cuisine au Beurre] 1963
    French - Gilles Grangier : Comedy
    * Cuisine Americaine 1998
    Jacques Teyssier -- Comedy
    Delicatessen 1990
    Jeunet, Caro Comedy / Romance / Sci-Fi cannibalistic
    Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart 1984
    Wayne Wang -- Comedy
    Diner 1982
    Barry Levinson : Comedy / Drama
    The Dinner 1998
    Italian - Ettore Scola [Diner, Le / Cena, La] Comedy / Drama
    Dinner Rush 2000
    Bob Giraldi : Drama
    The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie 1972
    French / Spanish - Luis Bunuel : Comedy / Drama
    Duchess of Duke Street 1978
    Bill Bain : Drama, PBS series
    * Earth to Mouth 2002
    Yung Chang : Documentary / Short
    * Eat Drink Man Woman 1994
    Ang Lee Taiwan : Comedy / Romance / Drama
    * Eat This New York 2004
    Kate Novack & Andrew Rossi
    Eating 1990
    Henry Jaglom : Drama
    Eating Raoul 1982
    Paul Bartel -- Comedy
    Egg 1987
    Dutch - Danniel Danniel
    Ermo 1994
    Chinese - Xiaowen Zhou : Drama, view trailor
    Fallen Angels 1998
    Hong Kong - Kar-wai Wong : Short
    Fast Food 1998
    Jonathan Fahn - Parody film clip
    Fast Food Adventures 1999
    Documentary (film clip)
    A Feast at Midnight 1994
    Justin Hardy -- Drama
    Femme du boulanger , La 1938; [The Baker's Wife]
    French - Marcel Pagnol : Comedy
    * Fine Food, Fine Pastries, Open 6 to 9 1989
    David Petersen : Documentary / Short
    * Four Seasons for a Feast 1999
    French - Jean-Paul Jaud: With Chef Guy Savoy DVD includes recipes
    Fried Green Tomatoes 1
    Jon Avnet -- Drama
    * Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers 1980
    Les Blank : Documentary (w/Alice Waters); Video Clip here (scroll down)
    The God of Cookery 1996
    Cantonese - Stephen Chow [Shi shen] -- Comedy
    Good Burger
    Brian Robbins : Family / Comedy
    Heavy 1995
    James Mangold : Drama / Romance
    Himalaya - l'enfance d'un Chef 1999
    Arabic - Jean Khalil Chamoun Taif Al-Madina ] : Drama / War
    Jamxn, Jamxn 1992
    Spain - J.J. Bigas Luna ; [Salami, Salami] -- Comedy / Drama
    Klaras Hochzeit 2001
    Christian Gšrlitz -- Comedy / Romance
    The Last Supper 1995
    Stacy Title -- Comedy / Thriller
    La Grand Bouffe 1973
    French - Marco Ferreri -- Drama
    Life is Sweet 1990
    Mike Leigh -- Comedy
    * Like Water for Chocolate 1992
    Mexico - Alfonsaso Aeau : Comedy / Romance / Drama
    * Missing Person 1984
    Arabic - Mohamed Khan Kharag Wa Lam Ya'ud
    Mostly Martha (Drei Sterne) 2001
    Sandra Nettelbeck : Comedy / Romance
    Munthanai Mudichu aka The Knot of the Sari 1984
    K. Bhagyaraja
    My Dinner with Andre 1981
    Louis Malle -- Drama
    * A Private Function 1985
    Malcolm Mowbray : Comedy
    Winner of the "Best Stimulator of Hunger" award at the 1997 Cinema and Food Retrospective Festival in Italy
    Qiu Ju, The Story of 1992
    Mandarin - Yimou Zhang : Comedy / Drama
    Qiuyue 1992
    China - Clara Law : Comedy / Drama
    Road to Wellville, The 1994
    Alan Parker : Comedy
    Satyricon 1969
    Federico Fellini : Drama
    The Scent of Green Papaya 1993
    Vietnamese - Anh Hung Tran [Mui du du xanh]
    Seared TBA 2003/2004
    David Fincher
    Spicy Love Soup [Aiqing mala tang] 1998
    China - Yang Zhang
    Soul Food 1997
    George Tillman Jr. : Comedy / Drama
    Sugar Baby 1985
    West Germany - Percy Adlon [Zuckerbaby] : Comedy
    The Story Of Boys And Girls 1991
    Italy - Pupi Avat : Comedy
    * Tampopo : 1986
    Japan - Juzo Itami : Comedy
    Tortilla Soup 2001
    Maria Ripoll : Comedy / Family / Romance
    Tom Jones 1963
    Tony Richardson : Comedy
    Ulee's Gold 1997
    Victor Nunez : Drama
    Vatel 2000
    Roland Joffe; Drama extravagant seafood feast
    * Water, Greenery and a Beautiful Face 2000
    Arabic - Youssri Nasrallah Al-Maa
    Wal-Khudra Wal-Wagh Al-Hassan

    What's Cooking? 2000
    Canada - Gurinder Chadna : Drama / Comedy
    Who's Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? 1978
    Ted Kotchoff : Comedy / Mystery
    Woman on Top 1999
    Fina Torres : Comedy / Romance
    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 1971
    Mel Stuart : Family / Musical / Fantasy / Comedy
    You and Your Food 1955
    Animation / Family / Short
    Yum! Yum! Yum! 1990
    Les Blank : Documentary (imdb )

    You may access links to each of these films by clicking here.

    9-1/2 Weeks (1986) Adrian Lyne : Drama
    Age of Innocence, The (1993) Martin Scorsese : Drama / Romance
    Alferd Packer: The Musical (1996) Trey Parker : Comedy / Horror / Musical / Western [Cannibal! The Musical]
    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) Martin Scorsese : Drama
    Alice's Restaurant (1969) Arthur Penn : Comedy / Musical
    Alive: The Miracle of the Andes (1993) Frank Marshall : Drama / Action / Adventure / Thriller
    Annie Hall (1977) Woody Allen : Comedy / Romance
    Attack of the Killer Refrigerator (1990) Michael Savino
    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978)
    Auntie Lee's Meat Pies (1993) Joseph F. Robertson : Comedy / Horror
    Autumn in New York (2000) Joan Chen : Romance / Drama
    Bandits (2001) Barry Levinson : Comedy / Crime / Drama / Romance
    Un Bellissimo Novembre (1968) Italy - Mauro Bolognini
    Big Chill, The (1983) Lawrence Kasdan : Comedy / Drama
    Blood Diner (1987) : Jackie Kong : Comedy / Horror
    Chicken Rice War (2000) Hong Kong - Chee Kong Cheah : Comedy / Romance
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) Ken Hughes : Family / Comedy / Musical / Fantasy
    Christmas in Connecticut (1945) Peter Godfrey
    Combination Platter (1993) Tony Chan : Drama
    Comfort and Joy (1984) Bill Forsyth : Comedy
    Cousin, cousine (1975) Jean Charles Tacchella : Comedy / Romance
    Criminally Insane 2 (1985) Millard: Horror
    Crossing Delancey (1988) Joan Micklin Silver : Comedy / Romance
    La Cuisine au Buerre (1963) French - Gulles Grangier : Comedy
    Daughters of the Dust (1991) Julie Dash : Comedy
    Deli, The (1997) John A. Gallagher : Comedy
    Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The (1936) George King I : Horror
    The Dining Room (1984) Allan A. Goldstein : Comedy
    Dinner at Eight (1933) George Cukor : Comedy / Drama / Romance
    Dinner Game, The (1999) French - Francis Veber : Comedy
    Diva (1981) Jean-Jacques Beineix : Action / Drama / Mystery / Romance / Thriller
    Donner Party, The (1992) Burns : PBS documentary
    Duchess of Duke Street, The (1976) Julie Dash : Comedy
    Dragon Chow (1987) West Germany - Jan Schutte : Drama [Drachenfutter]
    Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989) Wang : Romance
    Eat and Run (1986) Christopher Hart : Comedy
    Eat the Rich (1987) England, Peter Richardson : Action / Comedy / Crime
    Eat Your Heart Out (1997) Felix O. Adlon : Drama
    Eaten Alive (1976) Tobe Hooper : Horror
    Eating Pattern (1996)
    The Egg and I (1947)
    Egypt [Kharag wa lam ya'ud] (1984) Mohamed Khan
    Emitai (1971) French
    Fast Food, Fast Women (2000) Amos Kollek : Comedy / Short / Romance
    Fatso (1980) Anne Bancroft : Comedy
    The Favor, The Watch and the Very Big Fish (1991) Ben Lewin : Comedy
    Felicia's Journey (1999) Egoyan : Thriller
    Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice, The (1952) Ozu Yasujiro : Drama [Ochazuke No Aji]
    Food Code (2000) : Steven Lekowicz
    Frankie and Johnny (1991) Garry Marshall Drama / Comedy
    Frenzy (1972) Alfred Hitchcock : Thriller
    The Freshman (1990) Andrew Bergman : Comedy
    Frida (2002) Julie Taymor : Drama
    Gabriela (1983) Bruno Barreto : Comedy / Romance
    Garçon! (1983) France - Claude Sautet : Drama
    Gluttony (2000) Norwegian - Phillipe de Broca [Fråtseri]
    The Godfather (1972) Francis Ford Coppola : Crime / Drama
    God's Comedy [Comedia de Deus, A] (1996) Portugal - João César Monteiro
    Goodfellas (1990) Martin Scorsese : Crime / Drama
    Gore-Met, Zombie Chef from (1986) Don Swan : Comedy / Horror
    Grandpa's Meat Bone Tea [Agung bah kut the] (1997) Jian Hong Kuo : Drama
    Gregory's Girl (1981) Bill Forsyth : Comedy
    Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986) Mike Marvin : Comedy
    Hannibal (2001) Ridley Scott : Thriller / Horror
    Heartburn (1986) Mike Nichols : Comedy / Drama
    Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1973) Waris Hussein
    Home for the Holidays (1995) Jodie Foster : Comedy / Drama / Romance
    Hope and Glory (1987) John Boorman : Comedy / Drama / War
    Hotel Splendide (2000) Terence Gross
    Hot Chocolate (1992) Dayan : Comedy (1971)
    How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman [Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francis] (1971) Brazil - Nelson Pereira dos Santos
    I Cannibali (1979) Italy - Franco Prosperi [Emprise des cannibales, L']
    I Drink Your Blood (1971) E Durston : Horror
    In the Mood for Love, aka Fa yeung nin wa (2000) Kar Wai Wong : Romance / Drama
    Ice Cream Man (1995) Paul Norman : Comedy / HorrorNorman : Comedy / Horror
    James and the Giant Peach (1996) Henry Selick : Family / Fantasy / Musical / Adventure
    Je, tu, il, elle (1974) French - Chantal Akerman : Drama
    Joy Luck Club (1993) Wayne Wang : Drama
    Kharag wa lam ya'ud (1984) Mohamed Khan
    Killer Tomatoes Eat France (1991) John De Bello : Comedy
    King Rat (1965) Bryan Forbes: War / Drama
    Spagnola, La (2001) Steve Jacobs : Comedy / Drama
    Last Supper, The (1995) Title : Comedy / Thriller
    Le Grand Restarant (1966) Jacques Besnard : Comedy
    Les Enfants du paradis (1945) Marcel CarnŽ : Drama / Romance
    Lives of a Bengal Lancer, The (1935) Henry Hathaway : Action / War / Adventure / Drama
    Long, Long Trailer, The (1954) Vincente Minnelli : Comedy
    Los Enchiladas! (1999) Mitch Hedberg : Comedy
    Love Is All There Is (1996) Joseph Bologna : Comedy
    The Meaning of Life (Monty Python) (1983) Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones : Comedy
    Mee Pok Man (1995) Singapore - Eric Khoo : Drama / Romance
    Meet Joe Black (1998) Martin Brest : Fantasy / Romance / Drama
    Mildred Pierce (1945) Michael Curtiz : Drama / Film-Noir / Mystery / Romance
    The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) Barbra Streisand : Comedy / Drama / Romance
    Miserables, Les (1998) Bille August
    Moonstruck (1987) Norman Jewison : Comedy / Romance
    Motel (1980) Kevin Connor : Comedy / Horror
    Mr. Nice Guy [Superchef, Yatgo ho yan] (1997) Sammo Hung Kam-Bo Action / Comedy
    Multiplicity (1996) Harold Ramis : Fantasy / Sci-Fi / Comedy
    My Breakfast with Blassie (1981) Linda Lautrec & Johnny Legend : Comedy
    Mystic Pizza (1988) Donald Petrie : Comedy / Drama / Romance
    Of Cooks and Kung Fu (1979) Hong Kong (Cantonese)
    Once Upon a Time in America (1984) Sergio Leone : Crime / Drama
    Palmy Days (1931) A. Edward Sutherland : Comedy / Musical
    Parents (1989) Bob Balaban : Horror xx
    Pelle erobreren (1987) aka Pelle the Conqueror (1988) Bille August : Drama
    Pink Flamingos (1972) John Waters : Comedy / Crime
    Pizza Runners (1996) Michael Raben : Comedy
    Player, The (1992) Robert Altman : Comedy / Drama / Thriller
    Prizzi's Honor (1985) John Huston : Comedy / Drama / Romance / Crime
    Pulp Fiction (1994) Pulp Fiction (1994) Quentin Tarantino : Crime / Drama
    Rare Birds (2001) Sturla Gunnarsson : Comedy
    Ravenous (1999) Antonia Bird : Comedy / Drama / Horror
    Raise the Red Lantern (1992) Yimou Zhang : Drama
    Restaurant (1998) Eric Bross : Drama
    Road to Wellville, The (1994) Alan Parker : Comedy
    Salo: 120 Days of Sodom (1975) Italy - Pier Paolo Pasolini : Drama / Horror [Salo o le 120 giornate di Sodoma]
    Satyajit Ray Filmmaker (1982) Shyam Benegal
    Shawshank Redemption, The (1994) Frank Darabont : Drama
    Simply Irresistible (1999) Mark Tarlov : Comedy / Romance
    Soup With The Cabbages (1981) Jean Girault : Comedy [Soupe aux choux, La]
    Soylent Green (1973) Richard Fleischer : Sci-Fi / Drama / Thriller
    The Spitfire Grill (1996) Lee David Zlotoff : Drama
    Strada, La (1954) Federico Fellini : Drama
    Steel Magnolias (1989) Herbert Ross : Drama
    The Story of Boys and Girls (1991) Italy - Pupi Avati : Comedy [Storia di ragazzi e di ragazze]
    Strange Brew (1983) Rick Moranis: Comedy
    Sunday Dinner for a Soldier (1976) : Drama / War
    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936) George King : Horror
    Terror House (1972) Bud Townsend : Comedy / Horror [Terror at Red Wolf Inn, Terror on the Menu]
    Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The (1974) Tobe Hooper: Horror
    The Thief Who Came to Dinnner (1973) Bud Yorkin : Comedy
    Thinner (1996) Tom Holland : Horror / Thriller
    Titus (1999) Julie Taymor : Drama / Horror
    Untold Story, The (1992) Danny Lee : Horror
    The Wedding Banquet (1993) Ang Lee [Hsi yen] : Comedy / Drama / Romance
    A Walk in the Clouds (1995) Alfonso Arau -- Drama / Romance / War
    A Wedding (1978) Robert Altman : Comedy / Drama
    Women in Love (1969) Ken Russell : Drama / Romance
    Yi yi (2000) Edward Yang : Drama
    Zombies (1964) Del Tenney : Horror

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  2. isa


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    Wow Cchiu that's great must have takea lot of time to compile such a complete list. Would love to see them all.
  3. nancya


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    ...shepherd's pie peppered with actual shepherd on top!

    Sweeny Todd has got to be the most unusual one on the list!

    Love it cchiu!
  4. flash


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    Ok, Ok. Maybe these don't count, but whatabout Night Of The Living Dead (and sequels); Silence OF The Lambs (Hannibal: just watched this, not really worth it. It freaked me out though when Ray Liota was fed his own brain by Anthony Hopkins. Freaked me out I say cause it reminded me of sweatbreads, and I started getting hungry). :eek:

    Great List CCHIU!!! Haven't seen'em all, YET.

  5. athenaeus


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    Flash!!!! :lol:

    I agree!! We shall include those films in the list !!

    Ok from those you have seen which is your favorite??

    Mine is by far the "Babette's feast" about how good food transforms a personality and of course the

    "Like Chocolate in Hot Water"

    She couldn't have him so she cooked for him to express her passion and Love! Do you remember the scene when she was cooking ortillons with rose petals and a drop of her blood was spilled in this food and what happened next?? ;)

    great film
    great thread
  6. chrose


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    I can't believe you have "Pink Flamingoes" on there (don't ask!!!!!!!!!)
    But "Motel ****" "It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincents Fritters!" isn't on that list!

    Good movies most of them. And the ones that aren' what!
  7. marzoli


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    Great list--Motel **** is a definite candidate! Also, Microwave Massacre.
  8. marzoli


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    ...and I didn't see The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on the list!:D
  9. mudbug


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    Looks like I'll have to distinguish a horror/cannibalism category....
  10. marzoli


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    ...And then there is the eating scene in Terror at the Red Wolf Inn (I'm pretty sure that's the name.)
  11. daveb


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    How about "Someone Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe", a delightful tongue-in-cheek murder mystery in which the chef's are murdered in a manner related to their specialty (the rotissier gassed in his own oven, etc.)?
  12. athenaeus


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    I knew that it was not just me who loved black-dark-humor...

    I have made a survey on that (something personal do not imagine anything big ) and I have to tell you guys... what I have found out about the relatin between Food -Death and this tiny three lettered word that I must not type, is amazing!!
  13. mudbug


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    It was on there under Who's Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?

    I'm beginning to think the rest of you are horror junkies!
  14. kokopuffs


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    In '75 while at UC Berkeley I watched a French film entitled: LE COCHON, translated it means The Pig. It depicts French farmers butchering a pig.
  15. mudbug


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    Thank you kokopuffs!
  16. athenaeus


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    '75 in Berkley...

    And of course you spent a semester analyzing this amazing film!
  17. mudbug


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    Those of you who've seen Le Cochon (The Pig) should consider rating it and providing a summary here
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    Cannon (1971)
    The weekly adventures of Frank Cannon, an overweight, balding ex-cop with a deep voice and expensive tastes in culinary pleasures, who becomes a high-priced private investigator. Since Cannon's girth didn't allow for many fist-fights and gun battles (although there were many), the series substituted car chases and high production values in their place.

    Fast Food Films (1999)
    A very funny spoof of three movies in a half hour time slot, it takes a MST3K (Mystery Science Theater 3000) look on various unknown or kind of known movies and proceeds to spoof them. The title comes from the fact that they compress the movies down to six minutes, enough time to eat a fast food meal.

    Banquet Busters (1948)
    Two (unemployed) musicians who sit in their office without food sans one last bean that a mouse eats. Fortunately, there is a banquet going on down the street at Mrs. Van Glutton's mansion. The two arrive at the mansion and instantly try the patience of butler Wally Walrus who doesn't appreciate the food filching ways of the two. Eventually, an enormous food fight erupts with Wally caught in the middle, ending with Wally chasing the two away with a shotgun.
  19. mudbug


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    Thanks for your contribution. The first two are made for TV or TV series which would be hard to come by at the video store. The last is an animation, I have gone ahead and included. I'm trying to stick to those which came out in the theatres although there can be some exceptions at times.

    Bringing in television contributions opens up a whole new basket and would be an entirely separate list.

    If there are enough television contrubitions, I may consider making that list.
  20. kimmie


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    Thanks for straightening me up Cchiu!!

    BTW, has Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers (1980) Les Blank : Documentary (w/Alice Waters) Video Clip made it to theatres?

    I stumbled onto this one a few years ago in a video store. I liked it so much that I had to pay a late fee...

    That store is now going into bankruptcy and I will try to purchase their copy.