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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.

Director:

Roy Ward Baker

Writers:

Jimmy Sangster (screenplay), Bill MacIlwraith (from the stage play by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Mrs. Taggart
Sheila Hancock ... Karen Taggart
Jack Hedley ... Terry Taggart
James Cossins ... Henry Taggart
Christian Roberts ... Tom Taggart
Elaine Taylor ... Shirley Blair
Timothy Bateson ... Mr. Bird
Sally-Jane Spencer Sally-Jane Spencer ... Florist
Arnold Diamond ... Headwaiter
Albert Shepherd Albert Shepherd ... Construction Worker
Ralph Watson Ralph Watson ... Construction Worker
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Storyline

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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I Spy with my little eye Something beginning with SEX . . . and I mean to put a stop to it See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El aniversario See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,450,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Original director, Alvin Rakoff was replaced by Roy Ward Baker when Bette Davis demanded the change. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Taggart: [to her middle son] I promise you, I'll have your skin for rags, and wipe the faces of your children with them!
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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 »

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Version of La verdad de Laura (2002) See more »

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Shaking Shadows
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Music by Sam Fonteyn
KPM Music Ltd
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Wickedly funny!
27 November 2000 | by verna55See all my reviews

This engaging dark comedy stars the incomparable Bette Davis in one of her best latter-day screen roles as a merciless one-eyed mother who uses wedding anniversary(although her husband has been dead for quite some time) as an excuse to lure her spineless sons into her lair and demonstrate her strange hold over them. This year is a particular feast for the mother when the youngest, a somewhat promiscuous chap, announces that he's going to settle down and get married. And better yet, the eldest and most spineless of the brood discloses that he will be moving out of the country so mumsy will leave him alone once and for all. Will things turn out as planned? You"ll just have to find out yourself when you watch this stylish, darkly witty, and perversely entertaining tale that could have been written especially for its star.


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