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Table Manners 

A dysfunctional family gathering for the weekend reunites three siblings and significant others in a small country cottage with farcical consequences.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Three plays by Alan Ayckbourn, interwoven in plot and time, giving different views of the same weekend. The action takes place in the family home, now occupied by Annie. Norman tries to bring a little happiness to his wife, Ruth, his sister-in-law, Annie, and their sister-in-law, Sarah. Written by David Leaver <leaver@netinfo.com.au>

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14 June 1978 (USA)  »

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The original Broadway cast included Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentiss, Ken Howard, Carole Shelley, Estelle Parsons, and Barry Nelson. See more »

Goofs

The play begins on a Saturday at 6PM. But twenty-five minutes later, a clock in the village is heard striking seven. See more »

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Norman: What's inside you, Reg, apart from twelve bowls of corn flakes?... What do you feel with Sarah? Don't you ever feel like saying to her, "No! This is me - the real me - look at me?"
Reg: [Answering after slowly clearing his throat] I'll tell you something, Norman. You're a nice bloke. You've got your faults, but you're a nice bloke. But I think you're the last person I ever want to have breakfast with again.
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Followed by The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden (1977) See more »

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Girls Were Made to Love and Kiss
from the operetta "Paganini" (uncredited)
Composed by Franz Lehár (1925)
Sung off-stage by Tom Conti
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Well, I liked it
7 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

I saw these on video for the first time this year, and watched them one after the other. I laughed hysterically. I don't understand how someone could not see humor in the situation, if not in the story itself. Although the acting is a bit stiff at times, it doesn't detract from the humor. I highly recommend these be watched at least once in everyone's life.


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