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The Pumpkin Eater [DVD] 
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In her third marriage to writer Jake Armitage (Peter Finch), Jo (Anne Bancroft) wrangles her brood of five young children with Jake’s cheerful support. But Jo’s happiness is shattered when she realizes that Jake is not only unfaithful, but that he is constitutionally incapable of monogamy. Pregnant with another child, Jo becomes increasingly distraught, and eventually breaks down utterly when confronted with more evidence of Jake’s infidelity. The screenplay by Harold Pinter takes a cold psychological look at the interior turmoil of a middle class wife and mother, and begs the question: what is the ultimate cause of Jo’s unhappiness? Is it Jake’s unfaithfulness? A lack of fulfillment in her maternal role? A fear of losing her role as her youngest children grow? Director Jack Clayton shines a harsh light on fidelity and marital responsibility in the modern world in this disturbing but sharply crafted drama. Excellent supporting actors include James Mason, Cedric Hardwicke, and Maggie Sm
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The Sony DVD from Great Britain sports an excellent B&W transfer in its appropriate wide screen ratio.
This is an extremely stylish film based on Penelope Mortimer's autobiographical novel about the trauma a woman goes through in her marriage to an unfaithful husband.
The beautiful, melancholic Georges Delerue soundtrack deserves an Oscar of its own. Beautifully photographed in black and white. Superbly acted.
A film like this is so far away from the trite rubbish that passes for cinema today. An adult film, sensitively made, about the adult issue of two people who love each other but are unable to make their marriage work.
Anne Bancroft rises to every note. Of particular note is her flawless English accent. Peter Finch as her meandering husband also gives a sensitive and under-stated performance.
If you liked some of the great British classics of this era, such as The Servant, Darling and Georgie Girl, this is definitely a film to add to your collection. In fact, you'll treasure it.
If you like Sunday Bloody Sunday I think you will enjoy this film. There is a great cameo from Maggie Smith.
Anne Bancroft's accent sounds a bit odd sometimes. I love all the character actors, the old men who play the fathers and are never seen again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Pumpkin Eater – Film - 1964
Having read the book, which I really enjoyed, I was very interested to see the film. Read more
Very well acted drama of a woman suffering a nervous breakdown with excellent performances from Anne Bancroft and Peter Finch. Read morePublished 7 months ago by CHRIS
As listed, speedy postage, would buy from again. ThankyouPublished 13 months ago by Michael D. Phillips
a wonderful rollercoaster of a film, all performers were excellent.Published 13 months ago by schoolescort
Superb almost forgotten classic from one of Britain's best directorsPublished 14 months ago by Edmund