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The Ploughman's Lunch (1983)

R | | Drama | May 1983 (UK)
James Penfield has made a career out of journalism. Now bankrupt, he finds himself with a group of other writers in the middle of the dispute-ridden British homeland at the time of the Falklands War.

Director:

Richard Eyre

Writer:

Ian McEwan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Pryce ... James Penfield
William Maxwell ... Journalist
Paul Jesson ... Journalist
Andy Rashleigh ... Journalist
Christopher Fulford ... Young Journalist
David Lyon David Lyon ... Newsreader
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Gold
Polly Abbott Polly Abbott ... Gold's Assistant
Tim Curry ... Jeremy Hancock
Charlie Dore Charlie Dore ... Susan Barrington
Peter Walmsley Peter Walmsley ... Bob Tuckett
Robert Cartland Robert Cartland ... Editor (as Bob Cartland)
Nat Jackley Nat Jackley ... Mr. Penfield
Pearl Hackney ... Mrs. Penfield
Simon Stokes Simon Stokes ... Edward
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James Penfield has made a career out of journalism. Now bankrupt, he finds himself with a group of other writers in the middle of the dispute-ridden British homeland at the time of the Falklands War.

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1983 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Verdade dos Factos See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color
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The names of the electronic media outlets in the film are the BBC Radio News and London Weekend Television. The latter is now part of ITV London network, but at the time it was the ITV network for Greater London and the Home Counties. See more »

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Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007) See more »

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Gale Warning
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Music by Ronald Hanmer
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Flawed but fascinating
8 May 2003 | by ian_harrisSee all my reviews

I am a huge fan of Richard Eyre's work on stage and think he did a masterful job running the National Theatre for all those years. However, both the movies he has directed that I have seen (this one and Iris) are flawed. I think his style of directing might not suit film. There are several passages of the film that neither progress argument, nor develop characters nor set atmosphere effectively.

I am also a big fan of Ian McEwan's writing. This story is full of interesting material. Some of it could come across better - especially the double crossing in the various love interests and the echo of the Suez crisis therein. This might come down to the screenplay or perhaps the directing again.

But stick with it.

The scene in the pub during which Frank Finlay explains to Jonathan Pryce the origins of the ploughman's lunch is superb. The ghastly hermetically sealed cheese chunks on their plates providing a visual to Finlay's words.

We live in a society where we constantly reinvent the past in our attempts to shape the future as we want it. This is a key lesson in the film on all its many levels - the several love interests, Pryce's dereliction of family duty, the Falklands War and the Suez Crisis.

This is a fascinating piece. All the characters are ghastly, especially Jonathan Pryce's well-crafted central character. The standard of acting is consistently high. Despite the flaws, it is well worth seeing.


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