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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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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 ...
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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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Music by Trevor Duncan
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Something chilling this way comes
27 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Totally agree - have been a huge fan of this film since I saw it on Channel 4 in the mid 80's and while it's been many years since I've seen it it lingers in the mind like a cold stain,with the reprehensible character that Jonathan Pryce plays remaining one of the most mesmerising cold and self-serving people ever committed to film - the final shot,without giving it away,is breathtakingly harsh and sums up his persona in one callous masterstroke.

It is also beautifully crafted/shot and scored,with a dark and entrancing mood maintained throughout. I've literally only just found out today it was released on DVD in the UK a couple of years ago so have ordered a copy.

Extraordinary stuff and one of the great movies of the 1980's. Mike Wesley


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