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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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Cast

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James Penfield
William Maxwell ...
Journalist
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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 ...
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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The names of the electronic media outlets were the BBC Radio News and London Weekend Television the latter of which is now part of ITV London network but at the time the film was made 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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Dramatic Interludes
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Music by Hans May
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Coldly, faultlessly observed portrait of various very unpleasant bourgeois Thatcher-dominated Brits, involved in the life of the bleak central character, a morally bankrupt journalist.
16 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is a very cold, well observed multi-layered portrait of a bunch of vile people, all scrambling up and down the greasy pole in the politically bleak bourgeois homeland of Thatcher's Britain at the time of its Falklands War obsession. The central character, an empty, ambitious, morally bankrupt journalist (Jonathan Pryce) is impossible to like or even dislike - just like the film itself. It's like a doctor's accurate diagnosis: you may need to know, but you don't necessarily want to. The photography is beautiful.


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