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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.

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James Penfield
William Maxwell ...
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Young Journalist
David Lyon ...
Newsreader
David de Keyser ...
Gold
Polly Abbott ...
Gold's Assistant
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Jeremy Hancock
Charlie Dore ...
Susan Barrington
Peter Walmsley ...
Bob Tuckett
Robert Cartland ...
Editor (as Bob Cartland)
Nat Jackley ...
Mr. Penfield
Pearl Hackney ...
Mrs. Penfield
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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Part of the film, towards the end, is set at the Conservative Party annual conference in Brighton in 1982, and was actually filmed at that event. In one shot at the conference, Penfield is seen lighting a cigarette amongst a crowd of conference delegates, and just behind his right shoulder is John Major, who would later succeed Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister. See more »

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Slow, but if you stay with it, it is very fascinating
16 April 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Ploughman's Lunch is a very interesting movie. It is rather slow sometimes, and some of the lost interest ideas could have been a little better developed. But if you do stay with it, it is a fine movie. The movie is very well made, with stylish camera shots without being too fancy and fine location shooting. The direction is very skilled while never flashy, the story is compelling with a superbly staged and written scene in the pub between Jonathan Pryce and Frank Finlay and the writing is superb. The characters are even more fascinating, especially Pryce's. Ghastly but deliberately so. The acting especially from Pryce and Rosemary Harris is uniformly excellent. Overall, a fine and interesting film, that is worth sticking with even with the pace. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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