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The Anniversary (1968)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Thriller | 18 February 1968 (UK)
Three sons who work in the family construction business help their overbearing mother celebrate her anniversary to her late husband.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Mrs. Taggart
... Karen Taggart
... Terry Taggart
... Henry Taggart
... Tom Taggart
... Shirley Blair
... Mr. Bird
Sally-Jane Spencer ... Florist
... Headwaiter
Albert Shepherd ... Construction Worker
Ralph Watson ... Construction Worker
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On the celebration of the anniversary of Mrs. Taggart, her three dominated sons come to her house for the party. Terry, Henry and Tom Taggart work in construction, in a business that belonged to their father and is presently managed by their manipulative mother. Tom brings his pregnant fiancée Shirley Blair to tell his mother that they will marry each other; Terry brings his wife Karen Taggart and they secretly intend to emigrate to Canada; and Henry is gay and loves to wear women's underwear. During the night, the mean Mrs. Taggart uses the most despicable means and tricks to get rid off Shirley and Terry and keep her sons close to her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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18 February 1968 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El aniversario  »

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$1,450,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After "The Nanny" Sangster's wife Monica said she would leave the country if he ever worked with Davis again. She duly left for their home in the south of France on the day Davis arrived for this shoot and remained there for the duration. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Taggart: [on being accused of actively hoping Shirley would miscarry] God! *What* kind of a woman do you think I am?
Tom Taggart: I'll tell you. You wouldn't have been content just knitting away during the French Revolution like the other hags. Oh, no. You'd have been up there working the guillotine yourself! And *then* you'd have gone around with the basket, selling the heads for doorstops!
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Crazy Credits

The last shot of Davis freezes and is surrounded by a heart made of flowers with the caption "Happy Anniversary!". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Fawlty Towers: The Anniversary (1979) See more »

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Shaking Shadows
(uncredited)
Music by Sam Fonteyn
KPM Music Ltd
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Momma Cyclops is Off & Running
9 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

Today this movie would never be made, simply cause there is no star that can handle it. Its a shame, really. Its not that the movie is so magnificent or anything, its just so dominated by the leading lady that you can't imagine how it would be done today, if at all, and with who? Faye Dunaway? She's still living down "Mommie Dearest", twenty years later. Anne Bancroft? She's not hateful and lovable at the same time and not an icon. Davis could play a monster yet keep her fans and probably gain more as a result of playful movies like this.

All the real stars are gone, and watching this makes that painfully obvious.

Bette Davis devours the rest of the cast, and doesn't even bother spitting them out. And all we can do it watch and enjoy. No true fan of hers can do without this.


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