The Pumpkin Eater (1964)

The Pumpkin Eater


No Tomatometer score yet...

No critic reviews yet...


Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

Anne Bancroft stars as a restless, twice-married British woman with six children, whose third husband is a fledgling screenwriter (Peter Finch). When success spins Finch's head around, he begins to dally with women other than his wife. Meanwhile, Bancroft is forced to stay home and play "domestic goddess", a role for which she is utterly unsuited. After suffering a nervous breakdown, Bancroft wanders the streets of London in a vain search for a sympathetic ear. She eventually comes to grips with … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 17, 1995
Sony Pictures Entertainment


as Jo Armitage

as Jake Armitage

as Bob Conway

as Mr. James Jo's Fathe...

as Psychiatrist

as Jo's Mother

as Mr. Armitage Jake's ...

as Beth Conway

as Woman at Hairdresser

as King of Israel

as Elizabeth

as Waitress at Zoo

as Undertaker

as Man at Party

as Philpot
Show More Cast

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for The Pumpkin Eater

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | February 13, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A depressing but well acted marital drama, earning Anne Bancroft an Oscar nod for playing a mother of eight children married to the philandering Peter Finch.

Full Review… | April 17, 2011

It's a marvelously written piece of junk that no matter how brilliantly penned never rises above its shallow soap opera roots.

Full Review… | July 26, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Full Review… | March 6, 2005

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Pumpkin Eater

This is a good melodramatic movie, I don't usually like that genre, but I got into this one, it was engaging. I should watch it again sometime.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Anne Bancroft is brilliant in this heavy drama of the collapse of a bad marriage. The rest of the cast of fine English actors all give good performances but are overshadowed by Anne's towering work. Maggie Smith's part as a flibbigibbet is small and worlds away from what has become her established persona of astrigent strength. A good film but rough going.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Jack Clayton ("Room at the Top," "The Innocents") directed this Harold Pinter script, crafting a somber portrait of a sham household. Jo (thirty-something Anne Bancroft, playing a jaded, older woman just as she did in "The Graduate") is stuck in her third loveless marriage, trying to fill the void with an abundance of children (presumably, the film's title is a reference to a pregnant woman's shape). Her current husband (Peter Finch) is a famous screenwriter whose work compels him to spend ample time away from home. She stays behind to weather the chaos of six energetic kids, but is prone to dark moods. Admirably, the story avoids cheap sentimentality and offers no easy solutions. The young Maggie Smith has a brief role as a sexy house guest.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

The Pumpkin Eater Quotes

– Submitted by Facebook U (3 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Pumpkin Eater on our Movie forum!