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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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Mrs. Taggart
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Karen Taggart
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Terry Taggart
James Cossins ...
Henry Taggart
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Tom Taggart
Elaine Taylor ...
Shirley Blair
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Mr. Bird
Sally-Jane Spencer ...
Florist
Arnold Diamond ...
Headwaiter
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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Trivia

Seth Holt was asked to direct. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Taggart: [to her middle son] I promise you, I'll have your skin for rags, and wipe the faces of your children with them!
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Connections

Version of Blameless Love (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

The Anniversary Song
(Waves of the Danube)
Lyrics by Al Jolson and Saul Chaplin
Music by Iosif Ivanovici
Adapted by Saul Chaplin
Performed by The New Vaudeville Band
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The incomparable Bette
19 October 2007 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

plays Mrs. Taggart, the controlling and manipulative mother to three sons. She oversees every aspect of their lives, the family business - which she owns outright - employs them and she works hard at scaring away any woman they bring into the family.

The Anniversary is the annual celebration of Mrs. Taggart's wedding anniversary to the boys' dead father. A macabre event in itself it is made more horrendous by her constant belittling of her sons, their women and her grandchildren. They are all targets of her caustic wit and cruelty.

Bette Davis is her usual glorious self in the starring role. Wonderfully gowned and housed with a matching eye-patch, she steals every scene she is in with flair and drawl, withering all including her grandchildren - all mere fodder for her verbal cannonballs.

And the ending is quite a surprise. Wait for it! 7 out of 10.


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