Soup for One (film)

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Soup for One
Soup for One (film).jpg
Directed by Jonathan Kaufer
Produced by Marvin Worth
Written by Jonathan Kaufer
Starring Saul Rubinek
Marcia Strassman
Gerrit Graham
Richard Libertini
Andrea Martin
Mordecai Lawner
Lewis J. Stadlen
Joanna Merlin
Christine Baranski
Ellen March
Maury Chaykin
Deborah Offner
Michael Jeter
Laura Dean
Teddy Pendergrass
Music by Nile Rodgers
Bernard Edwards
Johnny Mandel
Cinematography Fred Schuler
Edited by David Rawlins
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • April 30, 1982 (1982-04-30)
Running time
84 minutes
Language English

Soup For One is a 1982 sexually themed romantic comedy that was directed and written by Jonathan Kaufer and produced by Marvin Worth. The R-rated film was released by Warner Bros. Pictures. Its tagline is "When you're looking for love, you find yourself doing some very funny things."

While the film was not a box office success, mostly due to mixed reviews and the over the top sex scenes (including one involving S/M), it is best remembered for its soundtrack, which was produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of the group Chic, who performed the title track.


Allan, a cable television producer in New York City, is determined to find the perfect woman, and he would even go so far as having a description of what she would look like done on an artist sketch. But before he can encounter the girl of his dreams he finds himself encountering a series of disastrous dating roadblocks. He finally meets Maria, who seems to be his perfect woman, and tries to make the relationship work.


Soup For One original soundtrack album.

In addition to "Soup for One" (Pop #80, R&B #14), Chic also performed and produced four other cuts from the soundtrack: "Open Up," "Tavern on the Green," "I Work for a Living," and "Riding". "I Want Your Love" (Pop #7, R&B #5) which is also included, was a 1979 recording. Rodgers and Edwards also wrote and produced three songs for the film, one by Teddy Pendergrass ("Dream Girl"; he performs this in a cameo as a night club singer), another by Sister Sledge ("Let's Go on Vacation") and one for Carly Simon ("Why") (UK #10). Debbie Harry contributed a song to the soundtrack as well, called "Jump Jump." The album, released on WEA/Mirage Records, remains unreleased on compact disc.


  • In addition to Pendergrass, another singer, Suzzy Roche of The Roches, also has a cameo.
  • The 2000 hit by Modjo, "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)", samples Chic's "Soup For One."
  • Carly Simon's "Why" would end up becoming an underground club classic as well as a major hit in Europe.
  • In 1990, A Tribe Called Quest sampled the whole instrumental version of "Why" for a remix of their hit "Bonita Applebum".
  • Writer/director Jonathan Kaufer was later briefly married to starlet Pia Zadora with whom he fathered a child.


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