The Ploughman's Lunch

  • 1983
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

BBC radio journalist and would-be historian James Penfield (Jonathan Pryce) is an unbridled opportunist and self-promoter. He is at work on a book about the 1956 Suez Canal crisis in which his aim is to interpret events in a politically popular manner that will enhance his career. He pursues television-documentary researcher Susan Barrington (Charlie Dore),...read more

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BBC radio journalist and would-be historian James Penfield (Jonathan Pryce) is an unbridled opportunist and self-promoter. He is at work on a book about the 1956 Suez Canal crisis in which his aim is to interpret events in a politically popular manner that will enhance his career. He

pursues television-documentary researcher Susan Barrington (Charlie Dore), mainly because her mother (Rosemary Harris) is an expert on Suez. As he gets more involved with these characters and his work, it becomes more difficult to determine just who is using whom. First-time director Richard Eyre

has created a gripping film that honestly explores political morality in the 1980s. Pryce is superb as the self-interested corporate-social climber, and the entire film plays like THE GRADUATE stood on its head.

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  • Released: 1983
  • Rating: R
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