The Pumpkin Eater


(out of 5)

This excellent, provocative drama still has enough intensity to make it daring by today’s standards.   gives one of the finest performance of her career as an unhappy British woman who has five children and is on her second husband when she meets writer . She leaves her current marriage for Finch and has another child, all seeming to go well except that her depression leads her to a nervous breakdown and violent tempers.  Bancroft performs what is probably the best British accent done by a non-Brit ever seen on film, her performance surprisingly subtle (especially for her standards) and the direction superb. The film raises many questions about modern relationships that aren’t easy to answer, and wisely chooses not to do anything about them.

United Kingdom, 1964

Directed by 

Screenplay by , based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1964

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Academy Award Nomination
Best Actress (Anne Bancroft as “Jo Armitage”)

Golden Globe Award
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Anne Bancroft)

Cannes Film Festival Award
Best Actress (Anne Bancroft) (tie)

British Academy Awards
Best Foreign Actress (Anne Bancroft)
Best British Screenplay
Best British Cinematography (BW)
Best British Costume Design (BW)

Best British Film
Best Film From Any Source
Best British Art Direction (BW)



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