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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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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,148,000 (USA)
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The movie is set over the course of three decades from the 1940s, to the 1950s, until the 1960s. See more »

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In the apartment of Susan and Alice there is a floor lamp looking like the famous Arco designed by Achille Castiglioni. That scene is happening in the 1950s, whereas Arco was designed in 1962. See more »

Quotes

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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Arranged by Terry Lightfoot
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I would stop f***ing talking if there were anything worth stopping f***ing talking for
16 December 2006 | by (Northern Mariana Islands) – See all my reviews

I guess I've seen all of Meryl Streep's movies--even the silly one where her head is on backwards--but I think she was never better than in Plenty. It's basically a story about an English woman who risked her young life working for the French underground during the war and had the highest hopes for the world that would follow after the war ended. The film traces her increasing disgust with what in fact did follow.

She takes a succession of jobs--clerk for a shipping company, functionary for QE II's coronation, assistant producer for a TV ad company--while simultaneously married to stiff but devoted British diplomat Charles Dance and intermittently entertained by bohemian Tracy Ullman. Throughout all her disillusionment she hangs on to the memory of a quick affair with an English paratrooper she met in France. A token he gave her becomes the symbol of her hope.

Dance is top-notch as her long-suffering husband, trying to cope with her bouts of instability. Gielgud is excellent as Dance's boss, an ambassador trying to cope with British foreign policy. A short encounter between Streep and a Foreign Service bureaucrat, no less than Ian McKellan, is a sterling scene. Throughout the film the dialogue is as sharp as a razor.

All in all, I can't think of any film which more pointedly contrasts the drama of the war years with the anti-climax of the post-war years. It gives new meaning to The Best Years of Our Lives.


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