Plenty

Plenty

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Director: Fred Schepisi, Meryl Streep, Charles Dance, Tracey Ullman

Cast: Fred Schepisi, Meryl Streep, Charles Dance, Tracey Ullman

     
 

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Plenty boasts a cast of actors ranging from John Gielgud as an ethical and caustic senior diplomat to Meryl Streep as Susan Traherne, a woman looking for solace and a decent life in the aftermath of World War II. After World War II has ended, along with her work in the French Resistance movement and an idealized love affair with a soldier, Susan finds jobs in

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Plenty boasts a cast of actors ranging from John Gielgud as an ethical and caustic senior diplomat to Meryl Streep as Susan Traherne, a woman looking for solace and a decent life in the aftermath of World War II. After World War II has ended, along with her work in the French Resistance movement and an idealized love affair with a soldier, Susan finds jobs in the business and diplomatic worlds. Her life slowly disintegrates as she tries and fails to have a child then marries diplomat Raymond Brock (Charles Dance) and suffers further emotional decline as her rather conventional marriage eventually becomes cool and finally, alienating. Against Susan's difficulties are tumultuous events in the background -- the Suez Canal crisis and Middle East developments among them. David Hare adapted the screenplay from his successful stage play which first opened in 1978.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The plays of David Hare tend to polarize their audiences, although he is more generally acclaimed at home in England than in other parts of the world -- probably because his work often comments, at times obliquely, on situations and events that have special resonance with English audiences. Plenty, the film version of an early Hare hit, has been blessed with a rock solid cast, but many will still find it rough going. Essentially an extended character study (of both the character Susan Traherne and, metaphorically, of post-war Britain itself), the film is rather deliberately paced; Susan's mantra may be "I must be moving on," but director Fred Schepisi is content to linger a bit too much. However, this gives a subtlety and ambiguity to the film, which some will find entrancing. More problematic is the fact that most viewers will find Susan exasperating and annoying and lose patience with her. This is in spite of Meryl Streep's impressive performance. She delves into the character and lives in her skin. Where other stars would be afraid to explore the character's less attractive side or would want to balance the unpleasantness of the character, Streep charges head on and never looks back. The script may never let the audience understand Susan 100%, but it is clear that Streep knows her down to her toenails. She is well supported by John Gielgud and Tracey Ullman, both of whom make the most of their parts. Plenty will bore many and frustrate others, but Streep's performance is worth watching.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/2010
UPC:
0017153100457
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
5,255

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meryl Streep Susan Traherne
Charles Dance Raymond Brock
Tracey Ullman Alice Park
John Gielgud Sir Leonard Darwin
Sting Mick
Ian McKellen Sir Andrew Charleson
Sam Neill Lazar
Mitch Davies Harry
Nicholas Frankau Foreign Office Assistant
Pik Sen Lim Mme. Aung
Ali Rafaie Iranian Servant
James Taylor Tony, Dead
Andrew dela Tour Randall
Terry Lightfoot and His Band Jazz Group
Christopher Fairbank Spencer
Andre Maranne Villon
Tristram Jellinek Dawncey
Peter Forbes-Robertson Hotel Manager
Hugo de Vernier Doctor
Ian Wallace Medlicott
Hugh Laurie Harry
Lindsay Ingram Linda
Richard Hope Alistair
Andrew Seear Ashley
Roger Rowland Police Officer
John Kidd 1st Committee Man
James Snell Vincent Tampan
Michael Johnson Account Executive
Bernard Brown Client
Rupert Vansittart Client's Assistant
Beth Morris Housewife in Advert
Geoffrey Larder TV Salesman
Tim Seely Sir Charles Curry
Jasper Jacob Young Diplomat
Karen Lewis Brock's Maid
Burt Kwouk Mr. Aung
Clare McIntyre Girl at Dinner Party
William Hoyland Priest
Roger Ashton-Griffiths Radio Professor
Jeffry Wickham Soe Man
Alexander John Radio Interviewer
Matthew Guinness Soe Man
John Rees Soe Man
Lyndon Brook Begley
Joan Blackham Miss Simpson
John Serret French Farmer
Roddy Maude-Roxby Committee Chairman

Technical Credits
Fred Schepisi Director
Ian Baker Cinematographer
Christine Beveridge Makeup
David Hare Screenwriter
J. Roy Helland Makeup
Peter Honess Editor
Richard MacDonald Production Designer
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph Papp Producer
Peter James Set Decoration/Design
Edward R. Pressman Producer
Tony Reading Art Director
Mark Seiler Executive Producer
Bruce Smeaton Score Composer
Adrian Smith Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Plenty
1. Program Start/Main Titles [2:12]
2. Behind Enemy Lines [5:34]
3. "I Don't Want to Die" [5:14]
4. Local Contact [4:40]
5. Raymond Brock [2:46]
6. Meeting With the Ambassador [3:02]
7. Little White Lies [7:11]
8. "The Winters Are Rough" [4:33]
9. Susan and Alice [3:45]
10. Lunch With Raymond [3:56]
11. War of Words [7:09]
12. "I'm Looking For a Father' [7:24]
13. Pomp and Passion [4:18]
14. Too Much Pride [5:08]
15. Affairs of State [5:56]
16. Ambassador's Advice [4:08]
17. Susan's Rant [5:24]
18. New Home, New Life [4:41]
19. Love Among the Ruins [4:10]
20. "Raymond, I've Decided to Stay" [2:56]
21. Sir Andrew Charleson [7:23]
22. Early Retirement [2:49]
23. Blow-Up [5:19]
24. Susan's Old Flame [7:20]
25. Fond Remembrances [4:21]
26. End Credits [3:06]

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