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The Pumpkin Eater (1964)

Not Rated | | Drama | 9 November 1964 (USA)
Film screenwriter Jake Armitage and his wife Jo Armitage live in London with six of Jo's eight children, with the two eldest boys at boarding school. The children are spread over Jo's three... See full summary »

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Jack Clayton

Writers:

Penelope Mortimer (novel), Harold Pinter (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Bancroft ... Jo Armitage
Peter Finch ... Jake
James Mason ... Conway
Janine Gray ... Beth
Cedric Hardwicke ... Jo's Father
Rosalind Atkinson Rosalind Atkinson ... Jo's Mother
Alan Webb Alan Webb ... Jake's Father
Richard Johnson ... Giles
Maggie Smith ... Philpot
Eric Porter ... Psychiatrist
Cyril Luckham ... Doctor
Anthony Nicholls ... Surgeon
John Franklyn-Robbins John Franklyn-Robbins ... Parson
John Junkin ... Undertaker
Yootha Joyce ... Woman at Hairdressers
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Storyline

Film screenwriter Jake Armitage and his wife Jo Armitage live in London with six of Jo's eight children, with the two eldest boys at boarding school. The children are spread over Jo's three marriages, with only the youngest being Jake's biological child, although he treats them all as his own. Jo left her second husband Giles after meeting Giles' friend Jake, the two who were immediately attracted to each other. Their upper middle class life is much different than Giles and Jo's, who lived in a barn in the English countryside. But Jo is ruminating about her strained marriage to Jake, with issues on both sides. Jo suspects Jake of chronic infidelity, she only confronting him with her suspicions whenever evidence presents itself. And Jo's psychiatrist believes that Jo uses childbirth as a rationale for sex, which he believes she finds vulgar. These issues in combination have placed Jo in a fragile mental state. They both state that they love the other, but neither really seems to like ... Written by Huggo

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The Electrifying Performance That Won Anne Bancroft the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esclava y seductora See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Romulus Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It took Bancroft and Finch two-and-a-half days to film their 45 second fight sequence. See more »

Goofs

When Peter Finch first offers Anne Bancroft a can of beer, it's Carlsberg (product placement?), but, at the end of the film, when she is re-imagining the scene, it has become a can of Whitbread. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Killed Teddy Bear (1965) See more »

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overlooked gem
9 November 2005 | by bookwoman-3See all my reviews

I came upon this movie on late night t.v. a few years back. I really love Anne Bancroft and I think that she is, not underrated, but more correctly, overlooked as a great actress. This film is a wonderful study of a marriage in trouble and Ms. Bancroft and the great Peter Finch are so believable as lovers and as a married couple that I wondered why I had never even heard of the film before. I felt their pain - wait, sorry . . . I think someone else named Clinton coined that phrase. But seriously, Anne Bancroft is able to really convey heartbreaking loneliness that you just want to cry or help her in some way. I love movies that engage you thoroughly. If you enjoy movies that make you think and also have a viewpoint about human relations, please try to find this film. An added bonus is a wonderful appearance in a small role by Maggie Smith - certainly a very early one in her career. I really like finding gems like this!


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