Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Fred Schepisi|
|Produced by||Joseph Papp
Edward R. Pressman
|Written by||David Hare|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
Spanning nearly 20 years from the early 1940s to the 1960s, the plot focuses on Susan Traherne, an Englishwoman who is irreparably changed by her experiences as a fighter for the French Resistance during World War II when she has a one-night stand with a British intelligence agent. After the war ends, Susan returns to England and becomes determined to make a life for herself by achieving what she wishes in the post-war world which, after her time away, she finds trivial and inadequate, while acting with complete disregard for everybody around her.
- Meryl Streep as Susan Traherne
- Charles Dance as Raymond Brock
- Tracey Ullman as Alice Park
- John Gielgud as Sir Leonard Darwin
- Sting as Mick
- Ian McKellen as Sir Andrew Charleson
- Sam Neill as Lazar
Plenty was met with mixed reviews upon release. It currently holds a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 14 critics.
Movie critic Roger Ebert gave the film three-and-a-half stars out of four. He said that Streep gave "a performance of great subtlety; it is hard to play an unbalanced, neurotic, self-destructive woman, and do it with such gentleness and charm... Streep creates a whole character around a woman who could have simply been a catalogue of symptoms."
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