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The Wedding Party (1969)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 9 April 1969 (USA)
Charlie and Josephine are to be married in a church on the island off the east coast where her family, the Fishes, live, the other wedding events to take place or centered on the well-off ... See full summary »

Directors:

Brian De Palma (as Brian DePalma), Wilford Leach | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Cynthia Munroe (a film by), Brian De Palma (a film by) (as Brian DePalma) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Valda Setterfield Valda Setterfield ... Mrs. Fish - The Bride's Mother
Raymond McNally Raymond McNally ... Mr. Fish - The Bride's Father
John Braswell John Braswell ... Reverend Oldfield - The Officiant
Charles Pfluger Charles Pfluger ... Charlie - The Groom
Jill Clayburgh ... Josephine - The Bride
William Finley ... Alistair - A Groomsman
Robert De Niro ... Cecil - A Groomsman (as Robert Denero)
Judy Thomas Judy Thomas ... Celeste - The Organist
Jennifer Salt ... Phoebe - The Bride's Younger Sister
Sue Ann Gilfillan Sue Ann Gilfillan ... Ninny - The Nanny (as Sue Ann Converse)
John Quinn John Quinn ... Baker - The Servant
Richard Kolmar Richard Kolmar ... Jean-Claude / I. Singh / Klaus - Former Boyfriends of the Bride
Jane Odin Jane Odin ... Carol - A Bridesmaid
Penny Bridgers Penny Bridgers ... Bridesmaid
Nancy Reeder Nancy Reeder ... Bridesmaid
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Storyline

Charlie and Josephine are to be married in a church on the island off the east coast where her family, the Fishes, live, the other wedding events to take place or centered on the well-off Fishes' extremely large house. Alistair and Cecil are Charlie's two groomsmen despite neither really believing in marriage, they, who do believe in love, doing whatever they can to make what they assume will be Charlie's miserable married life tolerable. Charlie, Alistair and Cecil arrive on the island the morning of the day before the ceremony, all of whom who will meet most of Josephine's very large network of family, extended family, friends and acquaintances attending the wedding for the first time, many of who border on the eccentric. As Charlie goes through the process of the pre-wedding events, including the stag party, rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, and the minister's counseling services, and beyond other problems that arise such as Baker, the Fishes' trusty servant, expressing some frustration... Written by Huggo

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Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Festa de Casamento See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Island, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$43,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Oudine Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jill Clayburgh's first movie. See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits, the actor portraying one of the wedding guests on the bride's side is listed as Robert H. Groves. In the end credits, his name is listed as Robert Groves without the middle initial. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Fish: [as she is about to drive into the water] After twenty years on this island, I still can't remember where the edges are.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the wedding guests are listed as Bride's Relatives and Groom's Relatives. Under the Bride's Relatives, there are just over sixty actors listed, which does not include the Bride's immediate family and her attendants. Under the Groom's Relatives, there is only one actor listed, the person playing the Groom's father. See more »

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References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »

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Disappointing farce
21 August 2007 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

I chose to watch the DVD because Robert De Niro was included in the cast. It turned out that he was a member of the supporting cast in a role of no great importance. It was however of historical interest to see him in one of his earliest roles.

Charles Pfluger played the role of Charlie a frustrated young man uncertain if he should fulfil his wedding commitments. Many a man has had an attack of the jitters just before marriage so he will have many sympathizers. The film is broken up into chapters each covering the events that lead up to the marriage ceremony. In the lead role Charles Pfluger outshone all the actors The film is a farcical comedy that uses accelerated motion to get laughs. The nonsensical behaviour of men overloading a car with luggage and falling out of the car as they do so was shear clowning and not particularly funny or clever. Speeding off and then returning to pick up luggage which had fallen off was pathetic.

I don't know what they were doing in the cutting room. There were some abrupt changes which suggested some of the frames had been omitted.

One thing is certain . The music dominated the film. It was deafening at times and drowned out the dialogue. This may have been intentional especially in the dinner scenes and party scenes in which everyone talks at once and nobody listens or replies. This is typical of all parties where drinks flow freely.

Many of the actors tried hard to become amusing characters by assuming annoying voices that were very false and did not ring true.

On the whole a disappointing comedy.


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