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The Ploughman's Lunch (1983)

R | | Drama | May 1983 (UK)
James Penfield has made a career out of journalism. Now bankrupt, he finds himself with a group of other writers in the middle of the dispute-ridden British homeland at the time of the Falklands War.

Director:

Richard Eyre

Writer:

Ian McEwan
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Pryce ... James Penfield
William Maxwell ... Journalist
Paul Jesson ... Journalist
Andy Rashleigh ... Journalist
Christopher Fulford ... Young Journalist
David Lyon David Lyon ... Newsreader
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Gold
Polly Abbott Polly Abbott ... Gold's Assistant
Tim Curry ... Jeremy Hancock
Charlie Dore Charlie Dore ... Susan Barrington
Peter Walmsley Peter Walmsley ... Bob Tuckett
Robert Cartland Robert Cartland ... Editor (as Bob Cartland)
Nat Jackley Nat Jackley ... Mr. Penfield
Pearl Hackney ... Mrs. Penfield
Simon Stokes Simon Stokes ... Edward
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James Penfield has made a career out of journalism. Now bankrupt, he finds himself with a group of other writers in the middle of the dispute-ridden British homeland at the time of the Falklands War.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1983 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Verdade dos Factos See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The film is set in Thatcherite Britain of the early 1980s. The movie is considered a critique, commentary and satire about Margaret Thatcher's administration. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

War Front
(uncredited)
Music by Trevor Duncan
Boosey & Hawkes Music Ltd
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Something chilling this way comes
27 November 2014 | by mwesley-200-580249See all my reviews

Totally agree - have been a huge fan of this film since I saw it on Channel 4 in the mid 80's and while it's been many years since I've seen it it lingers in the mind like a cold stain,with the reprehensible character that Jonathan Pryce plays remaining one of the most mesmerising cold and self-serving people ever committed to film - the final shot,without giving it away,is breathtakingly harsh and sums up his persona in one callous masterstroke.

It is also beautifully crafted/shot and scored,with a dark and entrancing mood maintained throughout. I've literally only just found out today it was released on DVD in the UK a couple of years ago so have ordered a copy.

Extraordinary stuff and one of the great movies of the 1980's. Mike Wesley


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