Soup for One (1982)

Soup for One (1982)

Taglines: When you’re looking for love, you find yourself doing some very funny things.

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 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.


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.

Soup for One Movie Poster (1982)

Soup for One (1982)

Directed by: Jonathan Kaufer
Starring: Saul Rubinek, Marcia Strassman, Gerrit Graham, Teddy Pendergrass, Richard Libertini, Andrea Martin, Christine Baranski, Joanna Merlin
Screenplay by: Jonathan Kaufer
Production Design by: Philip Rosenberg
Cinematography by: Fred Schuler
Film Editing by: David Rawlins
Costume Design by: Robert De Mora
Set Decoration by: Gary J. Brink, Edward Stewart
Music by; Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: April 30, 1982