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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

Certificate:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

Mrs. Taggart: My dear, would you mind sitting somewhere else? Body odor offends me.
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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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Happy Anniversary!
31 August 2012 | by brefaneSee all my reviews

This 1968 black comedy was the last film in which Davis dominated with her legendary persona. In a sense it is the last "Bette Davis" film. Whales of August, Burnt Offerings, and Death on the Nile followed, but the part of Mrs Taggart, a domineering widow complete with eye-patch, is pure Davis and she has a field day, making this film an absolute must for her fans. Though it's stage origins show, and the film doesn't really begin until Davis makes her entrance, it is an entertaining comedy with an excellent supporting cast, funny, bitchy, dialog, absurdest humor and a tone similar to Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? and The Lion in Winter both of which began as plays. The prolific Roy Ward Baker who directed everything from a Night to Remember(1958) to The Vampire Lovers (1970) is not a visionary; the direction, editing, camera placement and set design are all adequate, but just imagine what Almodovar would do with this material!


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