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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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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 entire piece is improvised. Mike Leigh worked with each actor separately to create a character with a history from birth to the present day. Once the characters were fully formed he placed them in the situation and let the action commence. Probably about 90% of each character was left unseen, which is why it appears that Laurence, Sue and Tony are preoccupied with things, but we never discover what they truly are - which adds to the tension. See more »

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Beverly: Don't get me wrong, Tone, it's not that I can't drive; in fact, I'm a good driver, but... Let me put it to you this way...
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All Around The World
Written by Paul Weller
Performed by The Jam
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No real plot... but so compelling!!
11 April 2003 | by 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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