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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 ... 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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. . . and remember Mum's the word for depravity! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Trivia

According to Hammer historian Marcus Hearn, Bette Davis again renewed her unsuccessful campaign to seduce Jimmy Sangster. 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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

The Anniversary Song
(Waves of the Danube)
Lyrics by Al Jolson and Saul Chaplin
Music by Iosif Ivanovici
Adapted by Saul Chaplin
Performed by The New Vaudeville Band
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The stage origins show all too clearly
28 December 2008 | by kerrison-philipsSee all my reviews

It's highly unlikely that anyone nowadays would remember seeing the original London stage play with Mona Washbourne in the Bette Davis part. However, those who did so will tell you that Mona was far more effective in the main role than Bette, who just flew over to the UK to do her Big Hollywood Movie Star thing. Most of the rest of the cast were in the original stage production so just give their theatre performances. Indeed, the play's origins are emphasised throughout by the lack of any background music. This, plus the lack of any kind of filmic "style", makes for a disappointing movie, though Bette's fans will doubtless relish her occasional bravura moments.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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