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Plenty (1985)

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 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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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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Storyline

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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20 September 1985 (USA)  »

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Bolluk  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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The setting for the film's source stage production by David Hare in the play's introduction states: "Setting: 1943 - 1962. Knightsbridge, St. Benoit, Brussels, Pimlico, Festival of Britain, Whitehall and Blackpool". See more »

Goofs

In the night time scene on the bridge wit Susan and Nick, after she's told him she wants to have a child with him, even though the time period is supposed to be early 50s the vehicles passing in the background are clearly contemporary. See more »

Quotes

Susan Traherne: You don't understand the figures in my mind!
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Soundtracks

Trumpet Voluntary
(uncredited)
Music by Jeremiah Clarke
Arranged by Edrich Siebert
KPM Music Ltd
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A Delicate Inbalace
13 August 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is a film where you can get lost, wonderfully lost. Following Susan, the character created on the page by David Hare and on the screen by Meryl Streep, is a journey of gloriously unexpected ups and downs. It may be because the amazing Meryl Streep goes trough the analytic intellect of David Hare with her heart on her sleeve and I felt shattered and moved by the access she provided me into the heart and soul of her own personal labyrinth. To look back with regret and feel that memories of fleeting moments of extraordinary beauty can keep you going and see you through whatever hell fate seems determined to throw your way. Meryl Streep never looked this beautiful and the transparency of her missteps are a magic sweep of the most enthralling kind. Irrationaly sane. Like most of the great bipolar. They know, they've seen through. There is nothing ahead only behind and now it's too bloody late. The stages of Susan's journey, to the after war lands of plenty are framed by her own geniality - the character's and the actress's - Susan is overwhelmed by her own awareness, lonelier and lonelier, Meryl overwhelm us with her own sublime generosity. Fred Schepsi, the extraordinary man at the helm, keeps the puzzle open and clear. Like most works of art, not everyone will be ready to open up to this experience. Pretty frustrating let me tell you. I would love to share this experience with everyone.


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