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Catered Affair [DVD] [1958] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005H4IIAS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,927 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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I don't know why, but I liked this movie very much!!! Beside the performances being, well, great!!!, I thought it was a very appealing and engaging movie! I know that people didn't think incredibly worthwhile, I don't say it's the best ever, but it's really good!! Maybe if you read the plot, you'll find out if it might be for you or not. The cast, oh boy!! I just loved it!! Really, such great actors, great performances! Ernie Borgnine, like Tim Conway says, is just like a big teddy bear, I just love him! Bette Davis of course is the greatest. Barry Fitzgerald is a great character actor, he gives that little Irish to everything. Debbie Reynolds and Rod Taylor - this movie might be known for being one of the few dramatic roles that she ever played. Well, she was great as usual! I really loved Rod Taylor in here too, he was so handsome and good. And he and Debbie really looked good together. Well, what more to say than, I liked the movie very much, I hope you will too!

Oh if you're afraid by the "region 1" title, this DVD played in my region 2 DVD player, so go ahead!

I could go on complaining about the Warner Archive DVD releases (what the heck, not even the scene selection on the menu), but what can you do. I'm glad we still have these movies!
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Great video to watch Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine in its warts 'n' all kitchen sink drama... just like any families having a on-going discussion in their kitchens going through the motions and agonies of a wedding just like any families around the world
Worth a buy but be warned... it doesn't have subtitles in English.. only Spanish...

Would be nice if there is a subtitles in English for deaf people...
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I saw this film on the TV some years ago and it always stuck in my memory for the good story line and the fine performances. I knew my wife would like it and I bought it mainly for her but also myself. Bette Davis said that it was one of her performances she was very proud of. They don't make them like that anymore.
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I returned this item as I foolishly ordered not realising it was a Spanish language version. Although I have some holiday Spanish not enough in this case
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9bb772b8) out of 5 stars 66 reviews
48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b9b4924) out of 5 stars CALLING ALL BETTE DAVIS FANS... 21 Jan. 2002
By lawyeraau - Published on Amazon.com
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With a brilliant screenplay by Gore Vidal, based upon a play by Paddy Chayefsky, this is an outstanding drama with fine direction from Richard Brooks. Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Barry Fitzgerald, Debbie Reynolds, and Rod Taylor make up the superlative cast.
This slice of life drama focuses upon a lower, middle class Bronx family, headed by Tom Hurley (Ernest Borgnine), a cab driver, and his wife, Aggie (Bette Davis). Their daughter, Jane (Debbie Reynolds), has just announced that she is getting married, but that she and her fiance (Rod Taylor) want no formal wedding reception.
Aggie soon insists upon giving her daughter the wedding she never had, which promises to wipe out their entire paltry savings, as well as Tom's dream of owning his own taxi medallion. Aggie's plans are the catalyst for some much needed family changes.
Barry Fitsgerald is wonderful as Aggie's bachelor brother, who has been living with the Hurleys for many years. Jane's impending nuptials and Aggie's plans make him take stock of his own life. Aggie and Tom are also forced to take stock of their own relationship with each other. This is a character driven, rather than plot driven, film.
The sets are wonderfully dreary, setting the stark tone for the claustrophobic, narrow lives lived by the characters. Bette Davis is terrific as the wife and mother who lives a life unexamined, until her daughter's own life change forces her to look at what she has. Ernest Borgnine is excellent as the taciturn father and husband, who knows his limits, but has his dreams. Aggie's and Tom's lives appear to have been running on parallel tracks until Jane's leaving home forces them to choose between going on as they had, in dreary loveless, isolation or forming a commom bond and one track upon which they will ride together. It is a situation with significant implications.
This is a superb film that all Bette Davis fans will enjoy, as will those who love superior, well acted dramas.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bf2c84c) out of 5 stars GREAT DAVIS PERFORMANCE! 30 Oct. 2004
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It is so easy to understand why Davis rated her "Aggie Hurley" in "The Catered Affair" as one of her proudest achievements as an actress. She plays the role with honesty and devoid of her distracting mannerisms. It is poignant and touching.

The rest of the cast is equally fine as well.

Why this movie doesn't rate higher among the Davis admirers, I do not know. I cannot add anything to the other reviews about the plot. They covered the synopsis well enough. All I know is the film, the acting, the production values and a beautiful musical score warrants a five star rating from me.

Davis really shines in this picture and I think she should have been nominated for an academy award in 1956 for this role.

"The Catered Affair" is a wonderful film!!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bf2c750) out of 5 stars Midle age and Midle class Bette Davis in this movie 31 Jan. 2000
By Michele Thallet - Published on Amazon.com
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It is charming as well as realistic. It describes middle class family effervescence before a wedding! At one point, when her daughter refused to have a big wedding, Bette replied" You are going to have a big wedding and if you don't like it you don't have to come!" The character of her Cabby husband is very touching but as always it is Bette who makes it a great movie!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb69948) out of 5 stars A Wedding To Be Remembered! 6 Aug. 2013
By prairie woman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This movie was made in 1955 but the theme of wanting to have the wedding of a lifetime parallels today. Ernest Borgnine and Bette Davis play the dad and mom of Jayne,(Debbie Reynolds) who wants to marry her sweetheart(Rod Taylor) in a very simple ceremony. Seems very practical since her folks live modestly and dad drives a cab on the night shift. His dream also after many years of saving is to buy his own cab. After hearing comments from local gossips about Jayne's wedding being done in a hurry, and "is she in trouble", the game plan changes. Not only that the bachelor uncle, played by a delightful Barry Fitzgerald is offended because he's not invited. Aggie(Davis) proceeds to dig into the family savings and give her daughter the wedding that Aggie never had. "We owe it to her", is the logical answer. The plans soon turn into a nightmare and feelings are hurt, anger mounts, the young couple argue, and dad sees his financial future come to a halt because he can no longer afford to own his cab.

Debbie Reynolds as Jayne does a credible job playing a young working gal trying to be the negotiator in a family where there is hostility and a lack of communication between parents who continually harass one another. She displays a lot of emotion and one really finds empathy with her as she tries to fulfill her mother's wishes and at the same time not offend her best friend who can't afford the dress of the matron of honor. It's heartbreaking to watch.

Bette Davis is a master at any role that she's been in. And in this one she should've won an academy award. The character of Aggie is rough around the edges--she says what she thinks. There's not much love or affection shown to her husband much less to her son and daughter. It's all about her.

Ernest Borgnine as the dad really shines as the overworked, unappreciated member of the household who gets only negative feedback from his wife. He reluctantly goes along with what she wants to keep the peace. The scene in the kitchen when he attempts to explain why he can't go into a partnership with his fellow cab driver is so compelling. One almost feels a part of the scene--it's so real.

Rod Taylor as the prospective groom also does a commendable job as the guy who won Jayne's heart and is out to make her happy. Since this is the 1950's the scene of them sharing passionate kisses in his apartment is precious. "I think we'd better go to the movies" is the final comment by Jayne.

The rest of the cast were not familiar actors, but the casting was well done--the parents of the groom, the nosy neighbor, Jayne's brother were all good in their roles. I almost felt like part of the family.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bbf954c) out of 5 stars the catered affair 8 Aug. 2004
By Libby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
Watched this movie this week on AMC and decided I wanted to add this movie to my collection and began searching the web. This movie should be required viewing for all newlyweds. I LUV, LUV, LUV this movie. Excellent message! The actors/actresses were outstanding, and no one took their clothes off!
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