Watching What They Eat: Food & Drink on the Silver Screen

Appetizer

Some of the most memorable moments in film often involve our favorite actors drinking up and chowing down. From 9 ½ Weeks to Leaving Las Vegas, here are just a few tasty treats to get your teeth into.

Food Lovers       

9 ½ weeks  (1986)

Looking to spice up your love life? This steamy scene from Adrian Lyne’s sexually charged thriller had couples everywhere racing to the fridge. Perhaps the most parodied scene in cinema history, when the film premiered in the mid-eighties it had audiences gripped. As John Gray, played by Mickey Rourke, feeds his lover (Kim Basinger) increasingly sensual treats, the chemistry between the pair crackles on the screen. Grapes, strawberries, even cough syrup, are greedily gobbled up before the couple fall to the floor in the throes of passion. It’s enough to put you off your popcorn.

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Monster Munch

The Goonies (1985)

What to do when you’re trapped in a cellar with a terrifying monster? Toss him a candy bar of course. In this hilarious scene from Richard Donner’s classic tale of adventure, that’s just what Lawrence (aka Chunk) does. Unfortunately, his aim’s a little off, and after years of taunting and torment from his evil siblings, Chunk’s misplaced throw is the final straw for poor old Sloth. He flies into an unholy rage and rips his shackles out of the wall in a desperate bid to reach the errant candy, leading Chunk to utter the immortal line: “Jeez mister, you’re even hungrier than I am.” All’s well that ends well, though, as the two share the chocolatey goodness and form a lasting friendship. And let’s face it, there’s nothing like chocolate to bring people together.

Jurassic Park (1993)

We all remember the iconic scene with the ripples in the water, but what about the jiggling jelly? That’s right, just as the kids think it’s safe to tuck into some much-needed grub having finally made it back to the relative safety of the visitor’s centre, the hissing silhouette of a roaming raptor spoils the party. As Lex (actress Ariana Richards) sits frozen in fear, a spoonful of jelly inches from her lips, her hand and the jelly begin to shake. Talk about trembling with fear.

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Gourmet Gangsters

Pulp Fiction  (1994)

John Travolta’s meaty performance as Vincent Vega in Quentin Tarantino’s era-defining film catapulted him back to the big time, re-launching a career that had been on hiatus since the mid-eighties. It also prompted many of us to ask how the svelte star of Saturday Night Fever had managed to gain all those extra pounds. The question is swiftly answered as the gluttonous gangster proceeds to chew everything bar the scenery. There’s the Royale with Cheese, the Big Kahuna Burger, and the five-dollar shake; he’s even toasting pop tarts when he meets his untimely end.

Punch Drunk

Rocky (1977)

Breakfast anyone? This iconic scene from the original Rocky saw the Italian stallion chugging down five raw eggs before setting off on his morning run. Not the wisest pre-workout snack, and more likely to send you running to the bathroom than up a flight of steps.

Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

This ugly scene from Mike Figgis’ seamy masterpiece sees protagonist Ben Sanderson (Nicolas Cage) violently palpitating as his body goes into withdrawal. Struggling to the fridge, Cage grabs a carton of orange juice and fills it with vodka. He proceeds to guzzle the makeshift cocktail, clinging to the kitchen sink, face and body convulsing as the alcohol floods his system. Cage’s scintillating portrayal as a drunk with a death wish earned him a best actor Oscar and his pick of future projects. Why he chose City of Angels is still unclear.

Afters

So there you have it, a smorgasbord of tasty cinematic treats, and some of the most iconic moments ever captured on film. It’s enough to make you go on a diet.

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