Londoner Jo and her third husband Jake live with six of her children but the marriage is strained by numerous factors. Her doctor thinks Jo uses childbirth as a rationale for sex. Jo's issues leave her in a fragile mental state.
Screenwriter Jake Armitage (Peter Finch) and his wife Jo Armitage (Anne Bancroft) 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 (Richard Johnson) 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 ...Written by
As her son mentioned, Jo's (Anne Bancroft's) car is a 1961 Renault Floride convertible. In the U.S., it was known as the "Caravelle". Produced from 1958 to 1968, only one hundred seventeen thousand of all styles were made. See more »
Anne Bancroft's British accent comes and goes throughout the film. See more »
What are you sniggering for? Think it's funny I suppose because I tell the truth for once.
That I'm capable of fancying somebody else. I'm a perfectly normal man and I'm capable of fancying somebody else.
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Great movies remain great movies some of them, like "The Pumpkin Eater" acquire an extra something with the passing of time. Harold Pinter does really extravagant things with Penelope Mortimer's novel and the extraordinary Jack Clayton gives it just the right mixture of human drama and sharp satire. Anne Bancroft is indescribable moving, beautiful, powerful, frightening. Peter Finch is also superb as is James Mason. I particularly enjoyed the brief moments with Yootha Joyce, Maggie Smith and Cederic Hardwicke. I advise all movie lovers in the Los Angeles area to check the American Cinematheque listings. I saw "The Pumpkin Eater" there, a beautifully restored print and reminded me when one went to the movies to see adult themes treated by intelligent adult artist with enormous regard for their audiences. Oh, those were the days.
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