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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 ... 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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She wants it all. She takes it all. She pays the price. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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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

Queen Elizabeth II's coronation was in 1953, yet the flag display in the background includes the Canadian "maple leaf" flag which was not adopted until 1965. 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

Down by the Riverside
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Traditional
Arranged by Terry Lightfoot
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PTSD, anyone?
7 December 2009 | by Noir-It-AllSee all my reviews

I was moved by this film. I was aware of Kate Nelligan's performance as Susan Traherne in the original stage version, a lusty, glowing former Resistance heroine with a shattered psyche. In the film, Meryl Streep focused on a beautiful, disarming character's inconsistent control of the crazy energy lurking underneath.

Plenty could be re-released today on a double bill with the recently released Brothers. Both show the long-term effects of war, fought overtly and covertly, on combatants and those who love them. It is no secret that the soldier in Brothers wreaks havoc on his family after returning from one tour of duty too many in Iraq. "People with PTSD have persistent frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal and feel emotionally numb, especially with people they were once close to."

So, one way to view and appreciate Susan Traherne and her effect on her husband, friends and co-workers is from this perspective within the context of their cultures.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine demanzipierte Frau See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$436,266, 22 September 1985

Gross USA:

$6,148,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,148,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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