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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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William Maxwell ...
Journalist
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David Lyon ...
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David de Keyser ...
Gold
Polly Abbott ...
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Jeremy Hancock
Charlie Dore ...
Susan Barrington
Peter Walmsley ...
Bob Tuckett
Robert Cartland ...
Editor (as Bob Cartland)
Nat Jackley ...
Mr. Penfield
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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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Jonathan Pryce and his character, James Penfield, share the initials J.P. See more »

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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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Slow, but if you stay with it, it is very fascinating
16 April 2011 | by 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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