Plenty (1985)

R  |   |  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 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Brock
Alice Park
Sir Leonard Darwin
Sir Andrew Charleson
Mr. Aung
André Maranne ...
Pik Sen Lim ...
Madame Aung
Ian Wallace ...
Tristram Jellinek ...
Peter Forbes-Robertson ...
Brussells Hotel Manager
Hugo De Vernier ...
James Taylor ...
Tony (dead man)


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 <>

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




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Release Date:

20 September 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bolluk  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Meryl Streep and John Gielgud; and two Oscar nominees: Ian McKellen and Sting. See more »


Queen Elizabeth II's coronation was in 1953, yet the flag display in the background includes the Canadian "maple leaf" flag which was not adopted until 1965. See more »


Susan Traherne: You don't understand the figures in my mind!
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Referenced in Melrose Place: The Dead Wives Club (1997) See more »


Trumpet Voluntary
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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