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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.

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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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The "Ploughman's Lunch" of the title is a reference to an English meal, which is served cold. It consists of bread, butter, cheese and chutney, but may also include ham, boiled eggs and pickled onions. One is seen consumed in the movie when Matthew Fox (Frank Finlay) and James Penfield (Jonathan Pryce) have a "Ploughman's Lunch" with a beer at a pub in London. The title also calls attention to the class differences between Penfield and most of his contemporaries. See more »


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Coldly, faultlessly observed portrait of various very unpleasant bourgeois Thatcher-dominated Brits, involved in the life of the bleak central character, a morally bankrupt journalist.
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This is a very cold, well observed multi-layered portrait of a bunch of vile people, all scrambling up and down the greasy pole in the politically bleak bourgeois homeland of Thatcher's Britain at the time of its Falklands War obsession. The central character, an empty, ambitious, morally bankrupt journalist (Jonathan Pryce) is impossible to like or even dislike - just like the film itself. It's like a doctor's accurate diagnosis: you may need to know, but you don't necessarily want to. The photography is beautiful.


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