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The Ploughman's Lunch

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Released 1983

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Director:
Richard Eyre
Released:
1983
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The Ploughman's Lunch is a 1983 British drama that follows a failed journalist through the politics of the UK during the Falklands War. James Penfield (Jonathan Pryce) dreams of being a heroic reporter on the scene of tough stories, but his career has fizzled out. Now he's bankrupt and struggling to make ends meet. He has a fleeting crush on Susan Barrington (Charlie Dore), but in that she is a successful news anchor, James is hardly of interest. James attempts to befriend her mother, Ann Barrington (Rosemary Harris), in order to find a way into her life. Meanwhile, Britain is beginning to stir politically. Argentina has just made an attempt to take control of the Falkland Islands away from the British. Britain aggressively launches naval troops to reclaim them and an intense war erupts. This is exactly the type of scene that Penfield wants to cover, and Susan may give him access.
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    Drama

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    80s, Historical, Politics