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The Pumpkin Eater

  • Drama
  • 1964
  • Jack Clayton
  • 105 mins
  • X

Summary

The life of a wife and mother of six children is turned upside down when she is told her husband, a fledgling screenwriter, is having an affair. The discovery of his betrayal and his indifference to her feelings pushes her close to a nervous breakdown. Drama, starring Anne Bancroft, Peter Finch, James Mason, Maggie Smith and Cedric Hardwicke.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a study of a modern - well, early-1960s - marriage, based on Penelope Mortimer's novel, with Anne Bancroft as the mother of several screaming brats and the wife of adulterous screenwriter-husband Peter Finch. She suffers a nervous collapse in Harrods, undergoes psychoanalysis, then a hysterectomy. Bancroft and Finch deliver blockbuster performances and the supporting cast is equally impressive - from James Mason as a boorish party guest and Maggie Smith as one of Finch's lovers. 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 - for this British movie is so arty and so alienating it almost needs subtitles.

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Credits

Cast

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Jo ArmitageAnne Bancroft
Jake ArmitagePeter Finch
Bob ConwayJames Mason
Mr James, Jo's fatherCedric Hardwicke
GilesRichard Johnson
PhilpotMaggie Smith
BethJanine Gray
PsychiatristEric Porter
Mrs James, Jo's motherRosalind Atkinson

Crew

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DirectorJack Clayton

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Language
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Black and white
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