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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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 ...
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Ian Wallace ...
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Dawncey
Peter Forbes-Robertson ...
Brussells Hotel Manager
Hugo De Vernier ...
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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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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 »

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Queen Elizabeth II's coronation was in 1953, yet the flag display includes the flag of Guyana, which wasn't designed until 1962 or officially adopted until 1966. See more »

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

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Down by the Riverside
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Alone In The World
1 November 2007 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

"Plenty" is a film I watch as often as other people watch "It's A Wonderful Life" or the first "Terminator", yes, I know, I must be a very strange guy. I was a teenager when I saw "Plenty" on stage at the National Theater in London. I remembered the play vividly, Kate Nelligan's performance was sensational. Fred Schepsi's "Plenty" has a totally unique life of its own. We're allowed into Susan's mind and Susan has Meryl Streep's face. Her performance makes her character's intellect visible, cinematic. Intimidating, fascinating, extraordinarily beautiful performance. I think David Hare has written here one of the best female characters I've ever seen and Meryl Streep strips it of every pretense. She can lie even to herself but not to us. It is mesmerizing at times. A ping pong ball going through the character's brain as she listens. Alone, so alone in the world. She never expresses it with words although she, I think, is totally aware of it. The infuriating sense of being incapable to adapt, to belong. Wanting and not wanting. Mesmerizing! As if this wasn't enough, Tracey Ullman, Charles Dance, Sting, Ian McKellen and John Gielgud giving, perhaps one of the best film performances during the final part of of his life I felt rather lonely in my love for this film until I started reading some of the comments posted here and realized I wasn't all alone in the world. Nice to meet you all.


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