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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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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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WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH MUM ON HER ANNIVERSARY...? KILL HER! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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18 February 1968 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El aniversario  »

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Budget:

$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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Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the names character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. See more »

Quotes

Karen Taggart: [Mrs Taggart wants Karen to sign an I.O.U] Will ink do or would you like it in blood?
Mrs. Taggart: Ink will be fine dear.
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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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A Flawless Collector's Item!!!!!!!!!!
21 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is probably one of the all-time BEST performances by Bette Davis you will ever see. As I understand it, this is not easy to find and if you are a true Bette Davis fan, you simply MUST have this! The simple plot revolves around Ms Taggert's (Bette Davis) yearly tradition of celebrating her wedding anniversary even though her husband has been dead quite some time. Not only does she insist on commemorating the occasion but DEMANDS that her sons, ALL of whom have their own issues with Mother Dear, attend along with their respective families. Then Bette proceeds to tear into them unmercifully because she knows they will put up with it all for the sake of good ol' moola! Knowing this, Bette pulls no punches and delivers one of the funniest, most brutal, scathing, lowdown, and over-the-top CLASSIC performances in film history.

This is vintage Bette. Trust me. No Bull. You simply MUST see this! It is just a stitch!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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