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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 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:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Fred Schepisi, Sam Neill, and Meryl Streep re-teamed for the Australian movie about Lindy and Michael Chamberlain titled A Cry in the Dark (1988). See more »

Goofs

When Sir Leonard Darwin is shown writing his resignation over the Suez debacle, the paper has the letterhead of "Foreign and Commonwealth Office". The Suez Crisis took place in 1956 and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office did not come into being until the 1968 merger of the Foreign Office with the separate Commonwealth Office. See more »

Quotes

Susan Traherne: You don't understand the figures in my mind!
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Referenced in Demon Queen (1987) See more »

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Trumpet Voluntary
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Music by Jeremiah Clarke
Arranged by Edrich Siebert
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an under-rated tour de force
30 September 1998 | by RG-5See all my reviews

"Plenty" needs to be seen on a big screen in a theatre; more than most, this is a film that suffers in its translation to a TV screen. (Among other things, there are scenes that are simply ruined in the format change--like the hilarious scene of Streep and Sting on a sofa as Queen Elizabeth's coronation plays live on the tellie!) Sound is also important to fully appreciating the film--like the constant reminders of the sound of opening parachutes that echo throughout the story.

It's easy to understand why the film was not a box office success; it focuses on a woman who is not terribly likeable, but I contend that it is a movie rich in observations that transcend post-war Britain and the borish woman who develops in that milieu. "Plenty" is (among other things) about passion, diplomacy, memory, self-deception and the great expectations that are so easily squashed in our unheroic modern world. The film (and Hare's play before it) revolves around a crucial scene brilliantly played by a startlingly mad Streep and Ian McKellan's icily insightful foreign service officer--well past the film's mid-point. After his long-in-coming dose of reality, Streep's Susan takes a tailspin into the movie's melancholy conclusion. It's not an easy film to "enjoy," but the uniformly brilliant performances from Streep, Charles Dance, Tracy Ullman and John Gielgud make the film fascinating to watch and rewarding to have experienced.


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