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The Anniversary (1968)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Thriller | 18 February 1968 (UK)
Three sons who work in the family construction business help their overbearing mother celebrate her anniversary to her late husband.

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Cast

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Mrs. Taggart
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Karen Taggart
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Terry Taggart
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Henry Taggart
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Tom Taggart
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Shirley Blair
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Mr. Bird
Sally-Jane Spencer ...
Florist
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Albert Shepherd ...
Construction Worker
Ralph Watson ...
Construction Worker
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Storyline

On the celebration of the anniversary of Mrs. Taggart, her three dominated sons come to her house for the party. Terry, Henry and Tom Taggart work in construction, in a business that belonged to their father and is presently managed by their manipulative mother. Tom brings his pregnant fiancée Shirley Blair to tell his mother that they will marry each other; Terry brings his wife Karen Taggart and they secretly intend to emigrate to Canada; and Henry is gay and loves to wear women's underwear. During the night, the mean Mrs. Taggart uses the most despicable means and tricks to get rid off Shirley and Terry and keep her sons close to her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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18 February 1968 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El aniversario  »

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$1,450,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shooting began on May 3 1967. After work on May 8 Davis made her complaint about Rakoff using television techniques to mark out the actors' moves and demanded his replacement. She then refused to turn up for work for the next two days causing resentment among the cast who liked Rakoff. Davis thus cost the production six days of unusable footage and two days where production was at a standstill. See more »

Quotes

[Henry has transvestite and kleptomaniac tendencies]
Shirley Blair: I know it's none of my business, but shouldn't you see a psychiatrist?
Henry Taggart: If I didn't do... what I do... there's no telling what I might do.
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Crazy Credits

The last shot of Davis freezes and is surrounded by a heart made of flowers with the caption "Happy Anniversary!". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Fawlty Towers: The Anniversary (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock of Ages
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Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady and music by Thomas Hastings
Performed by Bette Davis
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The stage origins show all too clearly
28 December 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It's highly unlikely that anyone nowadays would remember seeing the original London stage play with Mona Washbourne in the Bette Davis part. However, those who did so will tell you that Mona was far more effective in the main role than Bette, who just flew over to the UK to do her Big Hollywood Movie Star thing. Most of the rest of the cast were in the original stage production so just give their theatre performances. Indeed, the play's origins are emphasised throughout by the lack of any background music. This, plus the lack of any kind of filmic "style", makes for a disappointing movie, though Bette's fans will doubtless relish her occasional bravura moments.


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