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The Norman Conquests: Table Manners (1977)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  14 June 1978 (USA)
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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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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 <>

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The original London theater cast included Tom Courtenay, Felicity Kendall, Michael Gambon, Bridget Turner, Mark Kingston, and Penelope Keith. See more »


Norman: What's inside you, Reg, apart from twelve bowls of corn flakes?... What do you feel with Sarah? Don't you ever feel like saying to her, "No! This is me - the real me - look at me?"
Reg: [Answering after slowly clearing his throat] I'll tell you something, Norman. You're a nice bloke. You've got your faults, but you're a nice bloke. But I think you're the last person I ever want to have breakfast with again.
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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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