The Ploughman's Lunch (1984)





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A writer displays a troubling streak of opportunism in his personal and professional lives in this British drama. As the Falkland Islands war rages, journalist and aspiring historical writer James Penfield (Jonathan Pryce) is working on a book that will examine the 1965 Suez crisis in a manner compatible with the current political climate. James is also pursuing Susan Barrington (Charlie Dore), a documentary filmmaker whose mother Ann (Rosemary Harris) is a noted expert on the Suez crisis and an outspoken leftist. While James has assured his publisher that his book will take a conservative view, he tells Susan and Ann that he's a socialist and that his book will reflect that position as he attempts to glean information from them. James also sleeps with Ann as his relationship with Susan hits a rough patch, but he isn't especially forgiving when he discovers that Susan has had a fling with Jeremy Hancock (Tim Curry), a tabloid journalist who has worked with both of them. The Ploughman's Lunch includes a sequence where the characters attend the 1982 Conservative Party conference, which was shot at the actual event (and includes a speech Margaret Thatcher delivered to the assembled Tories). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Jonathan Pryce
as James Penfield
Tim Curry
as Jeremy Hancock
Rosemary Harris
as Ann Barrington
Frank Finlay
as Matthew Fox
Charlie Dore
as Susan Barrington
Bill Paterson
as Lecturer
Polly Abbott
as Gold's Assistant
Peter Birch
as Barman
Vivienne Chandler
as Mom in Commercial
Bob Cortland
as Editor
Tim Cuny
as Jeremy Hancock
Ken Drury
as Young Man at Poetry Reading
Christopher Fulford
as Young Journalist
Paul Jesson
as Journalist
William Maxwell
as Journalist
Andy Rashleigh
as Journalist
Ken Shorter
as Squash Coach
Simon Stokes
as Edward
Sandra Voe
as Carmen
Peter Walmsley
as Bob Tuckett
Orlando Wells
as Tom Fox
Anna Wing
as Woman at Poetry Reading
Allan Mitchell
as Junior Minister
Pearl Hackney
as Mrs. Penfield
Nat Jackley
as Mr. Penfield
David Lyon
as Newsreader
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A rather too literary satire of Thatcher-era England, with Jonathan Pryce as an opportunistic radio reporter who sees a chance for self-promotion in the declaration of the Falklands war.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

I love Tim Curry, which is the reason I thought this might be a decent movie, but it's so slow and boring, I couldn't watch the whole thing, and Curry's only got a scene here and there. The story is very political and talky, I didn't find anything interesting since I don't know much of anything about politics. Overall, I did not like this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

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