A dysfunctional family gathering for the weekend reunites three siblings and significant others in a small country cottage with farcical consequences.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Three plays by Alan Ayckbourn, interwoven in plot and time, giving different views of the same weekend. The action takes place in the family home, now occupied by Annie. Norman tries to bring a little happiness to his wife, Ruth, his sister-in-law, Annie, and their sister-in-law, Sarah. Written by David Leaver <leaver@netinfo.com.au>

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14 June 1978 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In the 2008 play revival of The Norman Conquests, Jessica Hynes plays Annie. Penelope Wilton, who was the original Annie, starred in Shaun of the Dead (2004) with Jessica Hynes. See more »

Quotes

Sarah: [Speaking about Tom] It must be fascinating being a vet. It's a pity, in a way, he's not a proper doctor.
Annie: [Defensively] He is a proper doctor. He just prefers animals to people.
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Followed by The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden (1977) See more »

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Girls Were Made to Love and Kiss
from the operetta "Paganini" (uncredited)
Composed by Franz Lehár (1925)
Sung off-stage by Tom Conti
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12 April 2002 | by (Moorpark, California) – See all my reviews

I am a staunch fan of both Brit flicks and sitcoms, especially those of the 70s when humor was gentler. The cast of this offering was so stupendous that I urged my library to add the set to its collection, sight unseen. Unfortunately, I was led astray by the 9+ rating on IMDB at the time, as I found the premise, the script, the acting, and the humor all miserably deficient. Where are the laughs? Where is the wit? Who gives this kind of 'comedy' a high ranking...Dracula? Don't be fooled into thinking that you'll come away from viewing this with anything other than a mild depression and a lot of questions as to why such outstanding actors would have participated in something so unfunny and bland. Stick with 'Good Neighbors'!


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