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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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Headwaiter
Albert Shepherd ...
Construction Worker
Ralph Watson ...
Construction Worker
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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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Bette Davis a portrait in evil as the most merciless mother of them all! 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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Seth Holt was asked to direct. 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 »

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Version of Sin pecado concebido (2001) See more »

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Shaking Shadows
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Music by Sam Fonteyn
KPM Music Ltd
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Dark Humor at Best
6 October 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

On the celebration of the anniversary of Mrs. Taggart (Bette Davis), her three dominated sons come to her house for the dinner party. Terry (Jack Hedley), Henry (James Cossins) and Tom Taggart (Christian Roberts) 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 (Elaine Taylor) to tell his mother that they will marry each other; Terry brings his wife Karen Taggart (Sheila Hancock) 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.

The theatrical "The Anniversary" is certainly among the darkest comedies I have ever seen. This is the first time I see this movie, and I immediately recalled the polemic "Festen" that now I can see was visibly inspired in the idea of "The Anniversary". Bette Davis is awesome, giving another stunning performance in the role of the wicked Mrs. Taggart. Her witty lines are cruel, manipulating her sons as if they were puppets. The rest of the cast is also excellent, giving the necessary support to highlight the presence of Mrs. Davis. If the viewer likes black humor, he or she will certainly love this little gem. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Aniversário" ("The Anniversary")


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