The Pumpkin Eater

The Pumpkin Eater
The Pumpkin Eater
  • NR
  • 1h 50m
  • 1964
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During her fourth marriage to writer Jake Armitage (Peter Finch), Jo's (Anne Bancroft) happiness is shattered when she realizes that not only is he unfaithful, but that he has been with many women. For Jake, he's unable to understand her anger since, to him, the affairs are meaningless and quite normal. But his reaction so distresses Jo that, when she finds herself pregnant, she agrees to have an abortion and be sterilized. Though resolved to build a new life with Jake and the children from her earlier marriages, Jo learns he's having an affair with Beth (Janine Gray), the young wife of a friend. And the situation grows even more intolerable when Beth's husband (James Mason) reveals that Beth is carrying Jake's child. Following a fiercely bitter fight with Jake, Jo tries seeking solace with her former husband, Giles (Richard Johnson). But when that doesn't help and she finds herself alone, Jo must choose to either accept life as it is with Jake, or leave him forever.
© 1964 , renewed 1993 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

New York Times
Bosley Crowther

It might make for valid drama if Mr. Pinter had done a half‐way job of establishing this ins...

June 25, 2017
TIME Magazine

In this slow, strong, incisive film version of the book, the ironing out of a well-kept wife's unk...

June 25, 2017
Variety Staff

Anne Bancroft is exceptionally good... The role may sound conventional enough, but not as played b...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
David Thompson

Fine performances notwithstanding, the world of the Hampstead soap opera now seems so far away as...

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:November 9, 1964
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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