Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: TBD

The Ploughman's Lunch Details


A writer displays a troubling streak of opportunism in his personal and professional lives in this British drama. As the Falkland Islands war rages, journalist and aspiring historical writer James Penfield (Jonathan Pryce) is working on a book that will examine the 1965 Suez crisis in a manner compatible with the current political climate. James is also pursuing Susan Barrington (Charlie Dore), a documentary filmmaker whose mother Ann (Rosemary Harris) is a noted expert on the Suez crisis and an outspoken leftist. While James has assured his publisher that his book will take a conservative view, he tells Susan and Ann that he's a socialist and that his book will reflect that position as he attempts to glean information from them. James also sleeps with Ann as his relationship with Susan hits a rough patch, but he isn't especially forgiving when he discovers that Susan has had a fling with Jeremy Hancock (Tim Curry), a tabloid journalist who has worked with both of them. The Ploughman's Lunch includes a sequence where the characters attend the 1982 Conservative Party conference, which was shot at the actual event (and includes a speech Margaret Thatcher delivered to the assembled Tories). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Jonathan Pryce
as James Penfield
Tim Curry
as Jeremy Hancock
Rosemary Harris
as Ann Barrington
Frank Finlay
as Matthew Fox
Charlie Dore
as Susan Barrington
David de Keyser
as Gold
Bill Paterson
as Lecturer
Pearl Hackney
as Mrs. Penfield
Anna Wing
as Woman at Poetry Reading
Peter Birch
as Barman
Clare Sutcliffe
as Jill
Sandra Voe
as Carmen
Simon Stokes
as Edward
Polly Abbott
as Gold's Assistant
David Lyon
as Newsreader
Peter Walmsley
as Bob Tuckett
Andy Rashleigh
as Journalist
Orlando Wells
as Tom Fox
Allan Mitchell
as Junior Minister
Christopher Fulford
as Young Journalist
Ken Shorter
as Squash Coach
Vivienne Chandler
as Mom in Commercial
Cecily Hobbs
as Carol
Ken Drury
as Young Man at Poetry Reading
Paul Jesson
as Journalist


Richard Eyre
Ann Scott
Simon Relph
Ian McEwan
Clive Tickner
Dominic Muldowney
Composer (Music Score)
Luciana Arrighi
Production Designer
Michael Pickwoad
Art Director
Luciana Arrighi
Costume Designer
Elaine Carew