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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:

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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

Jonathan Pryce and his character, James Penfield, share the initials J.P. See more »

Connections

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

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War Front
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Music by Trevor Duncan
Boosey & Hawkes Music Ltd
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Underrated little gem of the 80s
25 December 2017 | by bjacobSee all my reviews

Spectacular balancing act between fact and fiction, public and private, greedy, ambitious Thatcherites and vacuous upper class specimen of the gauche caviar. The "Ploughman's lunch" is extremely tightly narrated and manages to make the spectator interested in the sorts of a bunch of not really likeable characters and their struggles for love, sex and power. This is "Wall Street" in European and ultra-minor key version and a formidable depiction of the Eighties and their political and social contradictions.

Hope I haven't made it sound boring, because it isn't -- it's wryly, dryly funny, without even so much of a wink to the spectator, and dissects his protagonists with surgical precision.


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