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Plenty (1985)

 -  Drama  -  20 September 1985 (USA)
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A young Englishwoman spends 20 years to make whatever kind of life for herself at the expense of others around her in post-World War 2 England.

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Raymond Brock
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Alice Park
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Sir Leonard Darwin
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Mick
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Sir Andrew Charleson
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Lazar
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Mr. Aung
André Maranne ...
Villon
Pik Sen Lim ...
Madame Aung
Ian Wallace ...
Medlicoti
Tristram Jellinek ...
Dawncey
Peter Forbes-Robertson ...
Brussells Hotel Manager
Hugo De Vernier ...
Doctor
James Taylor ...
Tony (dead man)
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Susan Traherne has been irreparably changed by her wartime experiences as a Resistance fighter. She sets out in the post-war world to make her way to what she wants, no matter who is hurt, or how. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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She wants it all. She takes it all. She pays the price. See more »

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Drama

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20 September 1985 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Many critics dismissed the movie as being just a filmed version of David Hare's stage play. In fact Hare re-wrote about 60 percent of the material for the film. See more »

Goofs

The haircuts of the members of the jazz band are decidedly contemporary and not in period of the late 40s. See more »

Quotes

Susan Traherne: You don't understand the figures in my mind!
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Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Trumpet Voluntary
(uncredited)
Music by Jeremiah Clarke
Arranged by Edrich Siebert
KPM Music Ltd
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One of Streep's Best

In "Plenty" (***1/2). Meryl Streep gives one of her greatest performances in the complex role of "Susan Traherne", an idealistic young Englishwoman whose compulsive need to stir things up comes in conflict with a crippling lack of courage. We follow her life from her days in the French Resistance at the end of World War II to her professional and emotional decline during the 60's. Her key line: "I want to change the world, but I don't know how." The supporting cast, production and direction are superb, and the score by Bruce Smeaton is hauntingly beautiful. The character functions as both a metaphor for postwar England and a real flesh and blood human being, although it's a flaw that we don't learn more about her family background, apparently an upper class one, which might have contributed more to an understanding of her later, often perverse, behavior. The only two people she seems to have in the world are Charles Dance, playing her long-suffering diplomat husband and Tracy Ullmann, wonderful as her free-spirited best friend, probably the kind of person Susan would like to have been if it were not for her "fatal weakness": she likes "losing control." This film has been newly released in its original Panavision dimension on DVD and looks terrific. Seeing it the way it should be seen only enhances my opinion that it's one of the most underrated movies of the 80's.


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