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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 ...
Journalist
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Journalist
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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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Both the actor Jonathan Pryce and the James Penfield character he portrayed in this film both had names which shared the very same "J.P." initials. See more »

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Referenced in No 73: The Disagreement (1983) See more »

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Gale Warning
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Music by Ronald Hanmer
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Why Isn't Rosemary Harris made a Dame yet?
17 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

That's my question! Rosemary Harris who has appeared on stage, films, and television with great respect, accolades and honors still hasn't received Damehood yet like Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and yet she is as good and even sometimes better than her contemporary British counterparts. It's one of the reasons I picked up this little film at the drugstore for five dollars. Jonathan Pryce still hasn't been honored yet but I'm sure he will. I could Rosemary Harris in anything. I'm glad that people are recognizing her more since she played the Aunt in Superman but still it's not enough. Rosemary Harris plays Ann, a mature older woman, who has her sights set on Pryce's James Penfield, a troubled journalist. The film is set in the 1980s during the peak of Margaret Thatcher's term as the country's prime minister. I was pleased to see parts of London like Brixton, Brighton, and Norfolk actually be used as locations rather than just saying they were there. The plot is thin but I think Rosemary's BAFTA nominated performance makes up for it anyway. She's still heartbreaking and brilliant.


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