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The Family Way (1966)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 6 January 1967 (UK)
Compassionate look at the troubles of two young newlyweds, whose marriage has yet to be consummated.

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Bill Naughton (play), Bill Naughton (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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 ... 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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Storyline

Married life is proving to be difficult for newlyweds Jenny (Hayley Mills) and Arthur (Hywel Bennett). 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Todo a su tiempo See more »

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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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Ezra Fitton: It says here if the Chinese go on increasing, there'll not be enough food left to go around. Someone ought to tell them Chinese to stop it.
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Someday Soon
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Written and produced by Tim Rice
Sung by Murray Head
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Well worth the wait
17 May 2001 | by samosSee all my reviews

I first saw 'The Family Way" when it was first released. I enjoyed it then. I found it funny and sad at the same time. My date thought it was rather boring.

Thirty years later I saw it again on Cable-TV and I've even recorded it so I can share it with my wife (not the woman I dated way back when). I've read many of the comments made by previous posters and I agree with

most of them.

It is a very funny and very moving story. The young couple have problems from the very start: the "prank" on their wedding night and the disappointment the day after. Having to live with his parents because they can't get a "flat" or anything else would tend to put a crimp in anyone's love life.

The final confrontation and resolution between husband and wife is simply great. The addition of Beethoven at the end of that scene underscores the sense of victory over all the adversity. Benny Hill couldn't have done it any better and I think he did try...

John Mills clearly steals any scene he's in, even from the newly weds. The final scene in the movie isn't to be missed. It's what he doesn't know that makes it soo good.

At one time I had the novel based on the film, but it's long lost.

The sound track, written by Paul McCarthy, is great. If only he'd written more like that...


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