Plenty (1985)

R  |   |  Drama  |  20 September 1985 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 2,006 users  
Reviews: 31 user | 12 critic

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.



(play), (screenplay)
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. It means losing an old friend and fudging principles to make the necessary deals, as well... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Schatzberg
Stars: Alan Alda, Barbara Harris, Meryl Streep
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A mother whose child was killed in a Dingo attack in the Australian outback fights to prove her innocence when she is accused of murder.

Director: Fred Schepisi
Stars: Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Dale Reeves
Ironweed (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A schizophrenic drifter spends Halloween in his home town after returning there for the first time in decades.

Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Five unmarried sisters make the most of their simple existence in rural Ireland in the 1930s.

Director: Pat O'Connor
Stars: Meryl Streep, Michael Gambon, Gerard McSorley
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

During shopping for Christmas, Frank and Molly run into each other. This fleeting short moment will start to change their lives, when they recognize each other months later in the train ... See full summary »

Director: Ulu Grosbard
Stars: Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Harvey Keitel
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Substance-addicted Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on the skids. After a spell at a detox centre her film company insists as a condition of continuing to employ her that she live with her... See full summary »

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid
Heartburn (1986)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An autobiographical look at the breakup of Ephron's marriage to Carl "All the President's Men" Bernstein that was also a best-selling novel. The Ephron character, Rachel is a food writer at... See full summary »

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Daniels
...First Do No Harm (TV Movie 1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of one woman's struggle against a narrow-minded medical establishment.

Director: Jim Abrahams
Stars: Meryl Streep, Fred Ward, Seth Adkins
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A Manhattan psychiatrist probes a patient's murder and falls for the victim's mysterious mistress.

Director: Robert Benton
Stars: Roy Scheider, Meryl Streep, Jessica Tandy
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A film is being made of a story, set in 19th century England, about Charles, a biologist who's engaged to be married, but who falls in love with outcast Sarah, whose melancholy makes her ... See full summary »

Director: Karel Reisz
Stars: Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Hilton McRae
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In an afterlife resembling the present-day US, people must prove their worth by showing in court how they have demonstrated courage.

Director: Albert Brooks
Stars: Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two parents deal with the effects when their son is accused of murdering his girlfriend.

Director: Barbet Schroeder
Stars: Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Edward Furlong


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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




R | See all certifications »





Release Date:

20 September 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bolluk  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Susan Traherne: You don't understand the figures in my mind!
See more »


Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007) See more »


Trumpet Voluntary
Music by Jeremiah Clarke
Arranged by Edrich Siebert
KPM Music Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A post WWII world seen through English eyes
11 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

David Hare's brilliant stage play has been translated beautifully to the screen. The peculiar English trait of natural melancholy radiates throughout this sad exercise of seeing all through the lens of British class consciousness, repression and despair. The color photography, the performances, the stifling framing of the widescreen shots all add to the oppressive beauty of a story about the self-destruction of a preternaturally beautiful woman. Mery Streep has never been better before or since. Hare makes her intellectual acuity a weapon against herself as she sees through all the ghastly pretenses of a corroding Empire. No insight, no beauty of body, no letting go of formality and pretense can save her from herself. Feminism itself is taken to the burning stake as Streep's character thrashes, Hedda Gabbler like, against walls and prohibitions beyond her understanding. Rarely has such condemnation looked so ravishing.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What The.. GGandLG
French village location hollismathews
Where in Tunisia? newguyindc2001
Discuss Plenty (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: