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Plenty

  • Drama
  • 1985
  • Fred Schepisi
  • 119 mins
  • 15

Summary

A former British intelligence agent finds it hard to return to her mundane civilian life at the end of the Second World War and so decides to pursue her dreams with vigour. Drama, starring Meryl Streep, Charles Dance, Tracey Ullman, Sting, John Gielgud, Ian McKellen and Sam Neill.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

This David Hare "special" on the postwar moral and political nosedive of our once great nation is complete with Hare's usual hectoring tone. His trenchant, deeply layered stage plays transfer badly to film and Plenty is a prime example of how the requisite small nervy performances, here from Meryl Streep, Charles Dance and Sam Neill, appear affected and over-stylised on screen. As always, Hare does have some interesting points to make through the contrast between Streep's memories of the Resistance and her current life of apathy, but everything is spelt out laboriously with a glum and squeakily pretentious air.

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Credits

Cast

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Susan TraherneMeryl Streep
Raymond BrockCharles Dance
Alice ParkTracey Ullman
Sir Leonard DarwinJohn Gielgud
MickSting
Sir Andrew CharlesonIan McKellen
LazarSam Neill
Mr AungBurt Kwouk
Madame AungLim Pik Sen
VillonAndré Maranne
MedlicottIan Wallace
DaunceyTristram Jellinek
Hotel managerPeter Forbes-Robertson
Tony / Dead manJames Taylor
RandallAndy de la Tour
MichaelHugh Laurie
HarryMitch Davies
SpencerChristopher Fairbank
LindaLindsay Ingram
AlistairRichard Hope
DoctorHugo De Vernier

Crew

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DirectorFred Schepisi

Details

Language
English
Guidance
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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