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Abigail's Party 

A TV play based on the Hampstead Theatre production. Beverly has invited her new neighbours, Angela and Tony, over for drinks. She has also asked her divorced neighbour, Sue, because Sue's ... See full summary »

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Tim Stern ...
Laurence
Janine Duvitski ...
Angela
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Tony
Harriet Reynolds ...
Susan
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A TV play based on the Hampstead Theatre production. Beverly has invited her new neighbours, Angela and Tony, over for drinks. She has also asked her divorced neighbour, Sue, because Sue's fifteen year-old daughter, Abigail, was holding a party in their house. Beverly's husband, Lawrence comes home late from work, just before the guests arrive. The gathering starts off in a stiff insensitive British middle class way with people who do not know each other, until Beverly and Lawrence start sniping at each other. Written by Will Gilbert

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1 November 1977 (UK)  »

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The use of the song by Demis Roussos in the teleplay which became so synonymous with Abigail's Party, actually replaced the one by José Feliciano which was used in the stage production, because they couldn't get permission to use Feliciano's name or music. See more »

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Beverly: [about Laurence] To be quite honest with you, he's a boring little bugger at times, actually.
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Forever and Ever
Lyrics by Demis Roussos
Sung by Demis Roussos
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No real plot... but so compelling!!
11 April 2003 | by (London England) – See all my reviews

I reckon that this is the sort of movie that gets film students all excited. There are so many levels to this flick that you could probably go on for days pulling apart and examining the different characters, relationships and commentaries. But I recommend you watch this film purely for entertainment purposes - it's great. The actors are believable, the story is simplistic (yet so effective) and the period touches are great - because this is essentialy a period drama (the period being very firmly in the 1970s). For a film to have such little plot yet remain so compelling is testament to each and every element that makes up this movie. Watch it.


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