6.4/10
258
5 user 2 critic

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.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Europeans (1979)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

It's the mid-nineteenth century. Adult siblings Felix Young and Eugenia Munster were born and raised in Europe and have a somewhat bohemian lifestyle reflective of their travels throughout ... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Lee Remick, Robin Ellis, Wesley Addy
Soursweet (1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Just married Hong Kong couple Chen & Lily emigrate to England, soon to become parents to a little baby boy and generally struggle through life. Chen works long days in a restaurant, while ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Sylvia Chang, Danny Dun, Jodi Long
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Winter 1943. Martina is small child, who stopped talking since the death of her infant brother some years before. She lives in a rural area of central Italy. Her mother is pregnant again ... See full summary »

Director: Giorgio Diritti
Stars: Greta Zuccheri Montanari, Claudio Casadio, Alba Rohrwacher
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A rock singer is determined to rise to the top of the profession, letting nothing stand in the way of that goal.

Director: Brian Gibson
Stars: Phil Daniels, Hazel O'Connor, Jon Finch
Pass the Ammo (1988)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A corrupt television preacher and his congregation are held hostage by a woman, her lover, and her two cousins in an attempt to avenge the theft of her inheritance. A quirky look at the ... See full summary »

Director: David Beaird
Stars: Bill Paxton, Linda Kozlowski, Tim Curry
Loophole (1981)
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When architect Stephen Booker loses his partnership, he finds jobs hard to come by, and with money in short supply, he unwittingly becomes involved in a daring scheme to rob one of London's biggest bank vaults.

Director: John Quested
Stars: Albert Finney, Martin Sheen, Susannah York
Last Day of Summer (TV Movie 1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Director: Derek Banham
Stars: Annette Badland, Graham McGrath, James Gaddas
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Joey and Sissel are two misfits spending most of their time together talking or having sex. Gradually and slowly their relationships are becoming boring for them.

Director: Jesse Peretz
Stars: Natasha Gregson Wagner, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert John Burke
Times Square (1980)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two ill-matched teenage girls form a punk band and soon have New York City by its ears.

Director: Allan Moyle
Stars: Tim Curry, Trini Alvarado, Robin Johnson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A farmer becomes an unintentional celebrity when, because of a strike, he has to walk his 5000 geese 100 miles to market.

Director: Richard Eyre
Stars: Ian Holm, Penelope Wilton, Bill Owen
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An English couple holiday in Venice to sort out their relationship. There is some friction and distance between them, and we also sense they are being watched. One evening, they lose their ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Schrader
Stars: Christopher Walken, Rupert Everett, Natasha Richardson
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Charles is in control of his life; he is about to finish 6th form college and start at Oxford. He is 19 and wants an 'older' woman before he turns 20. Enter the beautiful Rachel, and ... See full summary »

Director: Damian Harris
Stars: Dexter Fletcher, Ione Skye, Jonathan Pryce
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
James Penfield
William Maxwell ...
Journalist
...
Journalist
...
Journalist
...
Young Journalist
David Lyon ...
Newsreader
David de Keyser ...
Gold
Polly Abbott ...
Gold's Assistant
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

May 1983 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Verdade dos Factos  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

LSE, as in the LSE students featured in the film, stands for the London School of Economics and Political Science, but is informally more well known by the LSE acronym as simply the London School of Economics. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Gale Warning
(uncredited)
Music by Ronald Hanmer
Bosworth Music Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where can i find this on DVD? rainbow_soad
Cameo chrisgunia
UK TV Showing sonofajoiner
Currently on Youtube timewater
Discuss The Ploughman's Lunch (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?