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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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One offered sex...one killed with sex...one played the other sex -- And one watched through a glass eye as they destroyed each other! See more »

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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

According to Hammer historian Marcus Hearn, Bette Davis again renewed her unsuccessful campaign to seduce Jimmy Sangster. 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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Version of Blameless Love (2001) See more »

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Für Elise
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Wickedly funny!
27 November 2000 | by (cincinnati, ohio) – See all my reviews

This engaging dark comedy stars the incomparable Bette Davis in one of her best latter-day screen roles as a merciless one-eyed mother who uses wedding anniversary(although her husband has been dead for quite some time) as an excuse to lure her spineless sons into her lair and demonstrate her strange hold over them. This year is a particular feast for the mother when the youngest, a somewhat promiscuous chap, announces that he's going to settle down and get married. And better yet, the eldest and most spineless of the brood discloses that he will be moving out of the country so mumsy will leave him alone once and for all. Will things turn out as planned? You"ll just have to find out yourself when you watch this stylish, darkly witty, and perversely entertaining tale that could have been written especially for its star.


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