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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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She would settle for nothing less... See more »

Genres:

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

The original Broadway production of "Plenty" by David Hare opened at the Plymouth Theater in New York City on January 6, 1983, and ran for ninety-two performances until it closed on March 27, 1983. The play was nominated for four Tony Awards in 1983, including Best Play. Also, the play won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play of the 1982 to 1983 season. See more »

Goofs

When Meryl Streep and Sting are standing on the bridge at dusk, even though it's supposed to be the early 1950s you can clearly see a modern-day white minivan drive by in the distance on the right of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Susan Traherne: I would stop, I would stop, I would stop fucking talking if I ever heard anybody else say anything worth fucking stopping talking for!
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Soundtracks

Down by the Riverside
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Traditional
Arranged by Terry Lightfoot
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A post WWII world seen through English eyes
11 September 2006 | by pdk1See all my reviews

David Hare's brilliant stage play has been translated beautifully to the screen. The peculiar English trait of natural melancholy radiates throughout this sad exercise of seeing all through the lens of British class consciousness, repression and despair. The color photography, the performances, the stifling framing of the widescreen shots all add to the oppressive beauty of a story about the self-destruction of a preternaturally beautiful woman. Mery Streep has never been better before or since. Hare makes her intellectual acuity a weapon against herself as she sees through all the ghastly pretenses of a corroding Empire. No insight, no beauty of body, no letting go of formality and pretense can save her from herself. Feminism itself is taken to the burning stake as Streep's character thrashes, Hedda Gabbler like, against walls and prohibitions beyond her understanding. Rarely has such condemnation looked so ravishing.


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