Eat the Rich (film)

Eat the Rich (film)

name=Eat the Rich

director=Peter Richardson
writer=Peter Richardson Pete Richens
starring=Nosher Powell Ronald Allen Nigel Planer Miranda Richardson
producer=Tim Van Rellim
distributor= CBS/Fox Video Ltd.
released=October 1987 (UK TV premiere)
runtime=90 min.

"Eat the Rich" is Peter Richardson's 1987 British comedy, from the team behind the popular television series, "The Comic Strip Presents".

The film features a number of cameos including appearances from the likes of Miranda Richardson and Nigel Planer as vile DHSS clerks, Robbie Coltrane as the ultimate yuppie, Rik Mayall as a union boss, Paul McCartney, Shane MacGowan, Jennifer Saunders, Jimmy Fagg, Kathy Burke, Koo Stark, Dawn French, Bill Wyman, Jools Holland, Adrian Edmondson and Lemmy.


Set in and around a London restaurant named 'Bastards', the staff begin to wonder whether or not they will get away with cooking the customers. Nosher Powell plays the Home Secretary, a menacing, beer-swilling, fornicating, lovable lout who has his own no-nonsense way of dealing with trouble, usually with his fists. He's the darling of the voters, the press and the gorgeous Fiona (Fiona Richmond), a glamorous KGB agent.

Alex (Alan Pellay), a disgruntled waiter at 'Bastards', falls on hard times. Subject to daily contempt and disgust of the upper class customers, Alex and her cohorts attempt to go on a rampage.

Nosher has enemies too; including the sinister Commander Fortune (Ronald Allen) who plots a people's revolution with a difference and General Karprov (Dave Beard) and Spider (Lemmy) plot to involve the inept anarchists into their plans to derail Home Secretary's campaign.


*Les Bubb - Waiter
*Kathy Burke - Kathy
*Robbie Coltrane - Jeremy
*Sean Chapman - Mark
*Rick Mayall - Micky
*Adrian Edmondson - Charles
*Dawn French - Debbie Draws
*Paul McCartney - Banquet guest
*Lemmy - Spider
*Jools Holland - Sun reporter
*Miranda Richardson - DHSS Blonde


* Also the name of an underground culture festival in Trondheim, Norway, focusing primarily on punk and reggae music.
* Also the name of a 1997 book on economics by P.J. O'Rourke.
* Nosher Powell was well known as a stuntman & stunt coordinator in British cinema & television. He plays an exaggerated version of himself in the film.

Release Notes

The VHS release of the film had a reversible cover.

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