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The American Film Theatre Collection: In Celebration [1975] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Brian Cox, Alan Bates, Bill Owen, James Bolam, Gabrielle Daye
  • Directors: Lindsay Anderson
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 3dd
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Oct. 2004
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ADXP2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,537 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A long unseen and key work in his acclaimed career, director Lindsay Anderson (If…, Oh, Lucky Man) here reunites the cast from his original Royal Court Theatre production of David Storey's semiautobiographical play, In Celebration.

Alan Bates (The Go-Between, Gosford Park), James Bolam (The Likely Lads, O Lucky Man!) and Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity, Troy), in his first film role, play three brothers returning to the Northern mining town they grew up in for their parents' (Bill Owen & Constance Chapman) fortieth wedding anniversary. Some long-buried and painful truths bubble to the surface of this family reunion as the three grown sons argue over their individual problems while Mum bustles about cluelessly and Dad waits uneasily for whichever crisis might erupt first.

With superb performances from the entire cast, In Celebration is a tender and moving study of a family at breaking point, a story of love, repressed emotions and of ultimate redemption.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Robinson on 16 Dec. 2010
When the three sons of an elderly couple arrive for the celebration of the parents' anniversary, things start off as well as any family get-together, but soon fray into hints of bitterness that threaten to rip open old wounds. It's mostly rather subtle but there are emotional moments--when Andrew, played by Alan Bates, asks "Why wasn't the door ever opened, Mum?" with sharp intensity, it goes straight to the heart. Maybe one has to have had a difficult childhood to appreciate this play/film--but a lot of us qualify.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Oct. 2010
Interesting, well acted (by Alan Bates, Brian Cox among others) study of a dysfunctional working class family where the three sons have become educated and moved up in the world, but are still held back emotionally by the wounds of childhood. Feels very stagy, and some of the writing is too theatrical for film, but much of it is moving and nicely complex; interestingly combining the personal and the political. Certainly worthwhile for those interested in any of the elements (Lindsay Anderson, etc.)
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