The Pumpkin Eater

1964

The Pumpkin Eater

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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 the situation at hand--but as in most of playwright Harold Pinter's works, the characters of The Pumpkin Eater are just as unfulfilled in the last scene as they were in the first. Anne Bancroft won a Cannes Film Festival award for her performance in this film. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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  • It might make for valid drama if Mr. Pinter had done a half‐way job of establishing this insecure woman on firm psychological ground.

    Aug 1, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 1, 2015 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
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  • 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.

    Feb 13, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • Fine performances notwithstanding, the world of the Hampstead soap opera now seems so far away as to almost rate as science fiction.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 1, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's like a two-hour thunderstorm, with plenty of lightning but for some curious reason barely a drop of rain: that's to say no drop of mercy, no chance of organic growth, no final enlightenment.

    Aug 1, 2015 | Full Review…

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