The Ploughman's Lunch

The Ploughman's Lunch

Director: Richard Eyre Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Tim Curry, Rosemary Harris



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).

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2005
UPC: 0692865132332
Original Release: 1983
Rating: R
Source: Trinity Home Ent

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jonathan Pryce James Penfield
Tim Curry Jeremy Hancock
Rosemary Harris Ann Barrington
Frank Finlay Matthew Fox
Charlie Dore Susan Barrington
David de Keyser Gold
Bill Paterson Lecturer
Polly Abbott Gold's Assistant
Peter Birch Barman
Vivienne Chandler Mom in Commercial
Bob Cortland Editor
Tim Cuny Jeremy Hancock
Ken Drury Young Man at Poetry Reading
Christopher Fulford Young Journalist

Technical Credits
Richard Eyre Director
Luciana Arrighi Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Elaine Carew Makeup
Dave Martin Editor
Ian McEwan Screenwriter
Dominic Muldowney Score Composer
Michael Pickwoad Art Director
Simon Relph Producer
Ann Scott Producer
David A. Stephenson Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound/Sound Designer
Clive Tickner Cinematographer

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