The Pumpkin Eater

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Released 1964

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Director:
Jack Clayton
Released:
1964
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The Pumpkin Eater is a 1964 drama directed by Jack Clayton and based on a novel by Penelope Mortimer. Jo (Anne Bancroft) is a woman who has lost herself in domesticity. She is the mother of five children, with two failed marriages behind her. When she meets charismatic writer Jake Armitage (Peter Finch), Jo agrees to try marriage for a third time and become Mrs. Armitage. As years pass, Jo discovers that Jake's charm is a double-edged sword. It is clear that he cannot stay faithful to her, instead looking for opportunities to seduce beautiful women while Jo is at home with the children, including a new baby. One of the women who catches Jake's attention is Beth (Janine Gray), wife of Jake's friend Bob (James Mason). When Jo confronts her husband about his philandering, he counters by asking her whether she is truly happy having so many children. When it becomes clear that she is pregnant for a seventh time, Jake and Jo begin to wonder how they can keep their marriage together.moreless

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