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138 Ratings

The Pumpkin Eater

Directed by Jack Clayton
United Kingdom, 1964


Anne Bancroft stars as a restless, twice-married British woman with six children, whose third husband is a fledgling screenwriter (Peter Finch).

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The Pumpkin Eater Directed by Jack Clayton

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1964 | Winner: Best Actress

Academy Awards

1965 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

BAFTA Awards

1965 | 4 wins including: Best British Cinematography (B/W)

1965 | 3 nominations including: Best British Art Direction (B/W)

Golden Globes (USA)

1965 | Winner: Best Actress - Drama

Critics reviews

While The Innocents is Clayton’s masterpiece, or at least his most perfect film, The Pumpkin Eater is his riskiest and perhaps his most characteristic work. It’s brutally incisive yet drifting, unresolved and mysterious yet painstakingly aware of the deepest hurts and humiliations that the characters suffer.
November 02, 2016
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