The Pumpkin Eater1964
The Pumpkin Eater (1964)
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as Jo Armitage
as Jake Armitage
as Bob Conway
as Mr. James Jo's Father
as Jo's Mother
as Mr. Armitage Jake's Father
as Beth Conway
as Woman at Hairdresser
as King of Israel
as Waitress at Zoo
as Man at Party
Critic Reviews for The Pumpkin Eater
It might make for valid drama if Mr. Pinter had done a half‐way job of establishing this insecure woman on firm psychological ground.
In this slow, strong, incisive film version of the book, the ironing out of a well-kept wife's unkempt psyche is portrayed with harrowing perception by Anne Bancroft.
Anne Bancroft is exceptionally good... The role may sound conventional enough, but not as played by Bancroft; she adds a depth and understanding which puts it on a higher plane.
Fine performances notwithstanding, the world of the Hampstead soap opera now seems so far away as to almost rate as science fiction.
There's beautifully modulated direction from Jack Clayton and scriptwriter Harold Pinter's acidulent signature is all over it -- not to mention the influence of Michelangelo Antonioni.
Audience Reviews for The Pumpkin Eater
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.
Terribly depressing which may have influenced my review of the film..but likely not. I give it a middle grade.
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.