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The Ploughman's Lunch (1983)

R | | Drama | May 1983 (UK)
James Penfield (Jonathan Pryce) 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 (Jonathan Pryce) 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

Debut theatrical feature film directed by British Director Richard Eyre. See more »

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

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War Front
(uncredited)
Music by Trevor Duncan
Boosey & Hawkes Music Ltd
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Coldly, faultlessly observed portrait of various very unpleasant bourgeois Thatcher-dominated Brits, involved in the life of the bleak central character, a morally bankrupt journalist.
16 March 2000 | by BOUFSee all my reviews

This is a very cold, well observed multi-layered portrait of a bunch of vile people, all scrambling up and down the greasy pole in the politically bleak bourgeois homeland of Thatcher's Britain at the time of its Falklands War obsession. The central character, an empty, ambitious, morally bankrupt journalist (Jonathan Pryce) is impossible to like or even dislike - just like the film itself. It's like a doctor's accurate diagnosis: you may need to know, but you don't necessarily want to. The photography is beautiful.


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