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  • Actors: Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett, John Mills, Marjorie Rhodes, Avril Angers
  • Directors: Roy Boulting
  • Writers: Bill Naughton
  • Producers: John Boulting
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun. 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N3T2LW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,930 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Hywel Bennett and Hayley Mills play newlyweds living in a small, Lancashire village with the groom's dominating father (John Mills). When they are unable to consummate their marriage, the young bride determines it is her fault - neglecting to consider the bullying behaviour of the father towards her husband.

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The Family Way is a curiosity, a film that straddles two eras. Set in a tight-knit, Northern, working-class community, it harks back to 1950s' British cinema. There are characters here--for instance, John Mill's beer-quaffing patriarch or Wilfred Pickles' Uncle Fred--who wouldn't look out of place in an Ealing comedy. The screenplay by Bill Naughton (who also wrote Alfie) mines the same vein of whimsical, but well-observed character-based humour that you find in films such as Passport to Pimlico and Whisky Galore. Yet it deals with certain subjects that Ealing would never go near--namely the sex lives of its protagonists. The benighted hero is Arthur Fitton (Hywel Bennett), a shaggy-haired young local lad who has just wed the beautiful Jenny (Hayley Mills), but is having difficulty consummating the relationship. He's living at home, and is at odds with his father (John Mills), with whom, in the film's most memorable set-piece, he has an epic arm wrestling bout.

Director/producer team Roy and John Boulting never quite fulfilled their potential. In the 40s, they made such ground-breaking films as Graham Greene's Brighton Rock and Fame is the Spur, a story of a young politician who loses his idealism and reforming zeal the closer he moves to the heart of the establishment. In the 50s, they too seemed to lose their ambition, turning to light comedy. The Family Way, which boasts music by Paul McCartney, makes some witty points about the clash between youngsters growing up in the not-so-permissive 60s and their parents (who think they're spoiled rotten) but hardly ranks with their best work. --Geoffrey Macnab --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By JIM DOYLE on 5 May 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Like a good wine, THE FAMILY WAY actually improves with age and like the afforesaid wine, leaves you with a nice glow at the end in a way that films of today seldom do. Originally seen on British cinema screens early in 1967, this Bill (Alfie) Naughton scripted affair was one of the many excellent films produced by the Boulting Brothers and it was very much a film of the 60s breakthrough period with its frank, but sensitively handled, central theme of impotence. The story of a young couple's bid to get their marriage right after a disastrous wedding night is warm, touching and very funny in places with excellent performances from a stock British cast that includes Wilfrid Pickles, Barry Foster, Liz Fraser, Murray Head, John Comer and Hywel Bennett and a grown up Hayley Mills as the couple. The best lines however are from John Mills as the archetypal Northern male whose inability to grasp the problems going on around him make this his finest character acting hour. Thespian honours are stolen by Marjorie Rhodes as his long suffering wife who makes us laugh then makes us cry and makes us think. Beautifully shot in a way that captures the grit and charm of the North Country and with music by Paul McCartney - this is definitely one to spend an evening at home with. TRIVIA POINT - Look out for Windsor (It Ain't Half Hot) Davies getting one line in a crowd scene
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Mrs P on 19 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
I wasn't born when this film was made and was a teenager when I first saw it on tv in the 80's. I fell in love with it and for some reason the film stayed with me. Everytime it was shown on tv (albeit very rarely) I had to watch it!

As soon as I saw it was being released I pre-ordered it. My dvd finally arrived last weekend and it was watched almost immediately. My love for it hasn't changed - it's FABULOUS!!

The writing is so brilliant, the acting is spot-on and the atmosphere of the 60's is caught superbly.

If I never buy another dvd again, it doesn't matter, because I've finally got this one.

Go on, buy it, you really won't regret it!
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
Jenny and Arthur (Hayley Mills and Hywel Bennet) are newlyweds, spending their honeymoon in his parents' home. With a nosey family and paper-thin walls, the couple has no privacy and cannot consummate their marriage. As time goes by, they discover, to their horror, that the whole town is gossiping about their delicate problem.

This comedy/drama is gentle and sweet and has sympathetic performances by all. Mills leaves behind the perky child she played in her early films; here she's a sensible and mature bride and even shows off her bum. Bennet is memorable as the intense and miserable husband; but the real stars of the film are John Mills and Marjorie Rhodes who play Arthur's working-class parents. They give remarkably compelling performances and bring real depth to the story, adding a painful subplot from their own newlywed days. Their stoic characters aren't accustomed to talking about emotions, but their devotion to one another is never in doubt. The location filming in Bolton gives a gritty, honest feel to the film, and the busybody neighbors add good humor. I heartily recommend this touching story with first-rate acting and a soundtrack by Paul McCartney.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Len Ash on 10 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Always liked this film - it was made when I was 6, although I didn't see it until my twenties! Excellent script, and acting at its most convincing. It also reminds us of a time not so long ago when life was more family oriented, and morals and respect were the norm rather than the exception. A genuine story, with plenty of twists and turns.
The score by McCartney is subtle, reflective and very melodic, all the more amazing considering his age at the time. The film has plenty of location shots in and around Bolton, which together with the period's vehicles (including BSA bikes, buses) and the town centre and shops evokes memories of yesteryear.
Thoroughly recommended on all levels; the DVD AV quality is first class to boot.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Cooper on 30 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD
I first saw this movie in 1968 when I was 15. It was showing in South Africa & typical for South Africa at the time it was heavily censored. I remember being enthralled (despite all the deleted scenes - I don't think that the scene where Hayley Mills is in the bath was shown!) & was thrilled to see that it was available for purchase. Needless to say I placed an order straight away & have watched it about 5 times since taking delivery. It is a brilliant brilliant movie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Grainger on 3 April 2009
Format: DVD
I sat and watched this film with my mother and it was brilliant. It really was just like that in the 60's as my mother recalls. Hayley Mills is as brilliant as ever (anything the Mills family touch of course turns to gold). If only marriage was like this today..... or not perhaps.....For all those women who married and went to live with the mother in law, this is a must. Innocents reigns supreme in this film, and watch out for the twist at the end. You will laugh, cry and wish the sixties never went away!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Andrew M. Moore on 25 April 2002
Format: VHS Tape
The Family Way tackles the last word in male taboos - impotence - and as such is a rare and original film. It has many layers, it's funny, poignant and Paul McCartney's music is up there with the best of the Beatles. I could look for a criticism for the sake of it (thank God I've left university), but why bother? A secret masterpiece.
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