Rent The Pumpkin Eater (1964)

3.7 of 5 from 73 ratings
1h 45min
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Synopsis:
Tortured by thoughts that her husband Jake (Peter Finch) may be having an affair Jo Annitage (Anne Bancroft) has a nervous breakdown in Harrods and her life begins to crumble all about her. But is her husband's infidelity really to blame? Or does Jo have deeper, more complex problems? Why does she have so main children - and is her seemingly perfect life all it appears on the surface?
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
James Woolf
Writers:
Penelope Mortimer, Harold Pinter
Others:
Edward Marshall, Oswald Morris, Motley
Studio:
Columbia Tristar
Genres:
British Films, Classics, Drama
Countries:
UK
Awards:

1965 BAFTA Best Screen Play

1965 BAFTA Best Foreign Actress

1965 BAFTA Best Black and White Cinematography

1965 BAFTA Best Black and White Costumes

1964 Cannes Best Actress Ex-aequo

BBFC:
Release Date:
20/09/2010
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
B & W
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/12/2017
Run Time:
110 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Selected scenes commentary with author and film historian Neil Sinyard
  • Jeremy Mortimer on Penelope Mortimer (2017, 32 mins): the son of the celebrated author presents a fascinating biographical overview of her life and work
  • Brian West on 'The Pumpkin Eater' (2017, 4 mins): the film's camera operator recalls his time working with Jack Clayton and acclaimed director of photography Oswald Morris
  • Dinah and Fergus (2017, 12 mins): actors Frances White and Fergus McClelland remember playing their roles as children in The Pumpkin Eater
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery: a collection of on-set photography, promotional stills and poster artwork
  • World Premiere

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Reviews (1) of The Pumpkin Eater

A sad tale of a disastrous marriage - The Pumpkin Eater review by TB

Spoiler Alert
08/04/2020

Anne Bancroft stars as a thrice married wife to Peter Finch who is an adulterous shit. She already has five children from previous marriages. The strain of being married to a lothario takes its toll on her mental wellbeing. She suffers breakdowns, and is deeply unhappy, but her Finch is the consistent in her life. The final scene is devastating. She is holed up in a new home, clearly distressed, when she glances at the field below and sees her troupe of kids together with Finch. The nightmare is to begin all over again.

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