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The Family Way (1966)

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Compassionate look at the troubles of two young newlyweds, who's marriage has yet to be consummated.

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Married life is proving difficult for newlyweds Jenny and Arthur. With well meaning but interfering parents, nosey neighbors, and a town that thrives on gossip, can their marriage last? With all these pressures it's no wonder their personal life is suffering. Will there ever be any good news? Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Lucy Fitton: Some men never grow up, do they?
Liz Piper: [softly sobbing]
Jenny Fitton: What's up with you, mum?
Lucy Fitton: It's a big moment for a mother, luv. A daughter's first night.
Liz Piper: [continues sobbing] I just can't believe she's ready about it. I feel there was so much I should have told her.
Molly Thompson: I'll give you a couple of tips, luv. Never show pleasure. You know what I mean, don't you?
Lucy Fitton: Not that there ever is much.
Molly Thompson: Aye, you're right there. Never actually refuse, though. It makes a man feel small. And they take it out of your house-keeping money.
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John Mills' finest performance
24 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is not so much a movie as a filmed play. The acting is paramount in The Family Way, and I personally have never seen a more moving performance than the one John Mills gives here as Ezra Fitton, father of Arthur Fitton, Hywel Bennett's character who is newly wed to Jenny Piper, played by Hayley Mills. Marjorie Rhodes gives a superb performance as Arthur's mother. The emotion comes from the interplay of the characters, particularly the relationship between the two parents and between the father and his son.

The plot involves the travails of the young couple trying to get to know each other while still being forced, through economic necessity, to live with the parents. Arthur is a hyper-sensitive lad, out of place in the solidly working-class Fitton household. The father plainly doesn't know what to make of him and the two of them are verbally sparring throughout much of the picture.

Against this backdrop, the main storyline concerns the failure of the new marriage to "gel" in the words of Jenny's father as he tries unsuccessfully to explain the problem to Ezra. There is much social comedy along the way, but finally, the underlying story that explains the whole situation comes into focus, and the relationship between the father and son is suddenly illuminated.

The moment is incredibly moving and unforgettable and captures the essence of the father/son relationship in a way that I have never seen more eloquently expressed.


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