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Pumpkin Eater

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Anne Bancroft stars as a restless, twice-married British woman with six children, whose third husband is a fledgling screenwriter Peter Finch. When success spins Finch's head around, he begins to dally with women other than his wife. Meanwhile, Bancroft is forced to stay home and play "domestic goddess," a role for which she is utterly unsuited. After suffering a nervous breakdown, Bancroft wanders the streets of London in a vain search for a sympathetic ear. She eventually comes to grips with the situation at ...
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Overview

Anne Bancroft stars as a restless, twice-married British woman with six children, whose third husband is a fledgling screenwriter Peter Finch. When success spins Finch's head around, he begins to dally with women other than his wife. Meanwhile, Bancroft is forced to stay home and play "domestic goddess," a role for which she is utterly unsuited. After suffering a nervous breakdown, Bancroft wanders the streets of London in a vain search for a sympathetic ear. She eventually comes to grips with the situation at hand--but as in most of playwright Harold Pinter's works, the characters of The Pumpkin Eater are just as unfulfilled in the last scene as they were in the first. Anne Bancroft won a Cannes Film Festival award for her performance in this film.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Anne Bancroft's cathartic lead performance anchors The Pumpkin Eater, Harold Pinter's harrowing, elliptical tale of marital dissatisfaction. Though much of the film concerns her character's fitful bouts with depression, Bancroft charges every moment she's onscreen, employing an array of subtle gestures and facial expressions to convey what her repressed character cannot. Pinter and director Jack Clayton never resort to facile satire or pat assignations of blame; instead, the film charts the slow, irreversible manner in which a chasm can grow between husband and wife. As Bancroft's callous husband, Peter Finch perfectly conveys the subtle, damaging hypocrisies that eventually break his wife's spirit. James Mason has a particularly memorable supporting role as a vitriolic, passive-aggressive acquaintance of the couple. Bancroft won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her work in the little-seen British production, as well as her second Oscar nomination.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2010
  • UPC: 043396360013
  • Original Release: 1964
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  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 28,278

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anne Bancroft Jo Armitage
Peter Finch Jake Armitage
James Mason Bob Conway
Cedric Hardwicke Mr. James, Jo's Father
Richard Johnson Giles
Eric Porter Psychiatrist
Rosalind Atkinson Jo's Mother
Frances White Dinah
Alan Webb Mr. Armitage, Jake's Father
Cyril Luckham Doctor
Janine Gray Beth Conway
Yootha Joyce Woman at Hairdresser
Frank Singuineau King of Israel
Elizabeth Dear
Christopher Ellis Fergus
Fergus McClelland
Sarah Nicholls Elizabeth
Gregory Phillips
Michael Ridgeway
Leslie Nunnerley Waitress at Zoo
Rupert Osborne Pete
John Franklyn-Robbins Parson
John Junkin Undertaker
Faith Kent Nanny
David Langton
Anthony Nicholls Surgeon
Gerald Sim Man at Party
Maggie Smith Philpot
Technical Credits
Jack Clayton Director
Jim Clark Editor
Georges Delerue Score Composer
George Frost Makeup
Ed Marshall Art Director
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Motley Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter James Set Decoration/Design
Harold Pinter Screenwriter
James Woolf Producer
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