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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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Beth
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Jo's Father
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Jo's Mother
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Jake's Father
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Giles
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Philpot
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Parson
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Undertaker
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Woman at Hairdressers
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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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As her son mentions, Jo's car is a 1961 Renault Floride convertible. In the USA it was known as the Caravelle. Produced from 1958 to 1968, only 117,000 of all styles were made. See more »

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The long tracking shot near end of film (in which camera begins on Jo smoking in bed, then winds through closeups of mementos in her living room) was shot backward; at beginning of shot smoke is going into her cigarette, not out of it. See more »

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Screening in London
12 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Last night in London (11/7/06) The Pumpkin Eater was screened for an invited audience including Harold Pinter, screenwriter, and Jack Clayton's widow.

What a wonderful film. Last month in London the American Academy held a celebration of Pinter's work in film (17 of his screenplays have been filmed). David Hare presented a selection of extended clips, and interviewed Pinter on stage afterwards. Of all the films shown and mentioned during the evening, it was The Pumpkin Eater that had people buzzing at the reception afterwards. Many younger people like myself (44) had never seen it. and more senior attendees couldn't recall the last time it had been shown. It is never shown on TV in the UK.

This omission is simply inexplicable. Other contributor's have rightly praised Anne Bancroft's performance, Pinter's masterful adaptation, George Delerue's melancholy, soulful, jazz-tinged score, and Clayton's bold vision. But the depth of artistic collaborative spirit that pervades the picture has created a crystalline cinematic work of art in all aspects. Hopefully those with influence present at last night's event will push for a DVD release, or even a cinema re-issue.


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