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Pinter on Screen: The Pumpkin Eater + Intro12

About The Pumpkin Eater:
Directed by Jack Clayton with Anne Bancroft, Peter Finch and James Mason.
In her fourth marriage, Jo (Anne Bancroft) finds out that her husband (Peter Finch) is having an affair. When he explains that he finds nothing wrong with his behavior, Jo must decide whether to keep the marriage for the sake of her children, or strike out on her own.

Michael Billington:
“Pinter’s adaptation of Penelope Mortimer’s novel offers a subtle exploration of the female psyche. The heroine- superbly played by Bancroft- is surrounded by women who gush about her writer-husband’s creative sensitivity while she has to live with his moral indifference. Watch out for a scene-stealing performance by Maggie Smith.”

Presented in partnership with Chiswick Book Festival, Pinter on Screen runs until September 2024. Season curated by Michael Billington in collaboration with Torin Douglas and Chris Parker.


Maggie Smith • James Mason • Ann Bancroft • Peter Finch


Jack Clayton

Running Time

105 minutes
Contains moderate sex references and references to abortion