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The Family Way (1966)

Compassionate look at the troubles of two young newlyweds, whose marriage has yet to be consummated.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayley Mills ... Jenny Piper
Avril Angers Avril Angers ... Liz Piper
John Comer ... Leslie Piper
Wilfred Pickles ... Uncle Fred
John Mills ... Ezra Fitton
Marjorie Rhodes Marjorie Rhodes ... Lucy Fitton
Hywel Bennett ... Arthur Fitton
Murray Head ... Geoffrey Fitton
Barry Foster ... Joe Thompson
Liz Fraser ... Molly Thompson
Andy Bradford ... Eddie (as Andrew Bradford)
Thorley Walters Thorley Walters ... The Vicar
Colin Gordon ... Mr. Hutton, the Travel Agent
Robin Parkinson Robin Parkinson ... Mr. Phillips, his assistant
Lesley Daine Lesley Daine ... Dora
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Married life is proving difficult for newlyweds Jenny and Arthur. With well meaning but interfering parents, nosey neighbors, and a town that thrives on gossip, can their marriage last? With all these pressures it's no wonder their personal life is suffering. Will there ever be any good news? Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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A girl, a boy, a tender, funny, terrible wedding night. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Todo a su tiempo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Boulting Brothers,Jambox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Eastman Colour)
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According to Steven C. Smith's biography of Bernard Herrmann, he was asked to advise Paul McCartney on how to score his first picture. Instead of a fee, the Boulting Brothers gave Herrmann a Marc Chagall painting. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Ezra Fitton: It's life, lad. It might make you laugh at your age, but one day it'll make you bloody cry!
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Someday Soon
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Written and produced by Tim Rice
Sung by Murray Head
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John Mills' finest performance
24 November 1999 | by tjw-8See all my reviews

This is not so much a movie as a filmed play. The acting is paramount in The Family Way, and I personally have never seen a more moving performance than the one John Mills gives here as Ezra Fitton, father of Arthur Fitton, Hywel Bennett's character who is newly wed to Jenny Piper, played by Hayley Mills. Marjorie Rhodes gives a superb performance as Arthur's mother. The emotion comes from the interplay of the characters, particularly the relationship between the two parents and between the father and his son.

The plot involves the travails of the young couple trying to get to know each other while still being forced, through economic necessity, to live with the parents. Arthur is a hyper-sensitive lad, out of place in the solidly working-class Fitton household. The father plainly doesn't know what to make of him and the two of them are verbally sparring throughout much of the picture.

Against this backdrop, the main storyline concerns the failure of the new marriage to "gel" in the words of Jenny's father as he tries unsuccessfully to explain the problem to Ezra. There is much social comedy along the way, but finally, the underlying story that explains the whole situation comes into focus, and the relationship between the father and son is suddenly illuminated.

The moment is incredibly moving and unforgettable and captures the essence of the father/son relationship in a way that I have never seen more eloquently expressed.


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