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Plenty (1985)

A young Englishwoman spends twenty years to make whatever kind of life for herself, at the expense of others around her, in post-World War II England.

Director:

Fred Schepisi

Writers:

David Hare (play), David Hare (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Susan
André Maranne André Maranne ... Villon (as Andre Maranne)
Sam Neill ... Lazar
Charles Dance ... Raymond Brock
Tristram Jellinek Tristram Jellinek ... Dauncey
Peter Forbes-Robertson Peter Forbes-Robertson ... Hotel Manager
Hugo De Vernier Hugo De Vernier ... Doctor
James Taylor James Taylor ... Tony (dead)
John Gielgud ... Sir Leonard Darwin
Tracey Ullman ... Alice Park
Ian Wallace Ian Wallace ... Medlicoti
Andy de la Tour ... Randall
Hugh Laurie ... Michael
Mitch Davies Mitch Davies ... Harry
Christopher Fairbank ... Spencer
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Storyline

Susan Traherne has been irreparably changed by her wartime experiences as a Resistance fighter. She sets out in the post-war world to make her way to what she wants, no matter who is hurt, or how. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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The heat of passion. The power of anger. It ruined them. It destroyed her... See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bolluk See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,148,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is set over the course of three decades: the 1940s, the 1950s, and the 1960s. See more »

Goofs

In the night time scene on the bridge wit Susan and Nick, after she's told him she wants to have a child with him, even though the time period is supposed to be early 50s the vehicles passing in the background are clearly contemporary. See more »

Quotes

Susan Traherne: You don't understand the figures in my mind!
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Connections

Referenced in Melrose Place: The Dead Wives Club (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Trumpet Voluntary
(uncredited)
Music by Jeremiah Clarke
Arranged by Edrich Siebert
KPM Music Ltd
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One of Streep's Best
21 July 1999 | by MankinSee all my reviews

In "Plenty" (***1/2). Meryl Streep gives one of her greatest performances in the complex role of "Susan Traherne", an idealistic young Englishwoman whose compulsive need to stir things up comes in conflict with a crippling lack of courage. We follow her life from her days in the French Resistance at the end of World War II to her professional and emotional decline during the 60's. Her key line: "I want to change the world, but I don't know how." The supporting cast, production and direction are superb, and the score by Bruce Smeaton is hauntingly beautiful. The character functions as both a metaphor for postwar England and a real flesh and blood human being, although it's a flaw that we don't learn more about her family background, apparently an upper class one, which might have contributed more to an understanding of her later, often perverse, behavior. The only two people she seems to have in the world are Charles Dance, playing her long-suffering diplomat husband and Tracy Ullmann, wonderful as her free-spirited best friend, probably the kind of person Susan would like to have been if it were not for her "fatal weakness": she likes "losing control." This film has been newly released in its original Panavision dimension on DVD and looks terrific. Seeing it the way it should be seen only enhances my opinion that it's one of the most underrated movies of the 80's.


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