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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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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
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Harry
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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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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,148,000
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One of two 1985 movies that were written by David Hare. The other film was Wetherby (1985), starring Vanessa Redgrave. See more »

Goofs

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: 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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One of Streep's Best
21 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

In "Plenty" (***1/2). Meryl Streep gives one of her greatest performances in the complex role of "Susan Traherne", an idealistic young Englishwoman whose compulsive need to stir things up comes in conflict with a crippling lack of courage. We follow her life from her days in the French Resistance at the end of World War II to her professional and emotional decline during the 60's. Her key line: "I want to change the world, but I don't know how." The supporting cast, production and direction are superb, and the score by Bruce Smeaton is hauntingly beautiful. The character functions as both a metaphor for postwar England and a real flesh and blood human being, although it's a flaw that we don't learn more about her family background, apparently an upper class one, which might have contributed more to an understanding of her later, often perverse, behavior. The only two people she seems to have in the world are Charles Dance, playing her long-suffering diplomat husband and Tracy Ullmann, wonderful as her free-spirited best friend, probably the kind of person Susan would like to have been if it were not for her "fatal weakness": she likes "losing control." This film has been newly released in its original Panavision dimension on DVD and looks terrific. Seeing it the way it should be seen only enhances my opinion that it's one of the most underrated movies of the 80's.


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