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Plenty (1985)

A young Englishwoman spends twenty years to make whatever kind of life for herself, at the expense of others around her, in post-World War II 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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André Maranne ...
Villon (as Andre Maranne)
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Tristram Jellinek ...
Dauncey
Peter Forbes-Robertson ...
Hotel Manager
Hugo De Vernier ...
Doctor
James Taylor ...
Tony (dead)
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Sir Leonard Darwin
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Ian Wallace ...
Medlicoti
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Randall
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Michael
Mitch Davies ...
Harry
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Spencer
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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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The heat of passion. The power of anger. It ruined them. It destroyed her... See more »

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20 September 1985 (USA)  »

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Bolluk  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,148,000
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2.35 : 1
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"S.O.E." stands for "Special Operations Executive". It was a British World War II Military Intelligence outfit. The S.O.E. was officially formed by Hugh Dalton, the UK Minister of Economic Warfare, after cabinet authorization on July 22, 1940. Its aims were to undertake sabotage, espionage, and reconnaissance in World War II Europe under enemy occupation. Later, war operations were also conducted in South East Asia as well, against any Axis powers there, such as Japan, and also to provide assistance to any regional resistance movements. The S.O.E. also had nicknames and unofficial names, such as "Churchill's Secret Army", "The Baker Street Irregulars", and "The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare". See more »

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In the scene where Meryl Streep and Charles Dance meet for the first time in her apartment in England, after he removes her coat and the camera starts a slow dolly in (right after she says "A commute on the cross-channel ferry"), a wheel of the dolly is visible in the reflection of the painting of the cherubs on the wall. See more »

Quotes

Susan Traherne: I would stop, I would stop, I would stop fucking talking if I ever heard anybody else say anything worth fucking stopping talking for!
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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 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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