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The Family Way (Boulting Brothers Collection) [DVD]

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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 (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N3T2LW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,709 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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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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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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By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Mar. 2007
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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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Firstly - this DVD is of the best quality - 1.66:1 widescreen in beautiful colour (don't let the B&W snaps on the cover fool you) and it's in crystal clear Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (not the annoying 1.0 that Warner Bros used to ruin the enjoyment of their mono DVD releases of Blow Up, Death In Venice etc).

Secondly, The Family Way has so much heart, and is so perfectly acted as well as directed, that it seems to be effortless. The wonderful script allows John Mills to deliver a couple of lines which reach right into your chest and twist.

When seeing this on TV as a young teenager, what caught my attention (as a young gay man) was the unflinching message that parents ought to proudly love and support their children - whether they're straight or gay.

Gayness isn't the key element of this film at all - but in order for us to understand the true nature of this small family's connectedness we are led to jump to some conclusions.

While probably being risque for the time (even with such a reputable cast) - this is likely to be one of the most morally sound and ultimately satisfying stories that you'll ever witness on film.
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The Family Way is a subtle and engaging film which thoroughly charmed me. Although it is not a film full of gags and punch lines, I still found myself laughing out loud on several occasions. My boyfriend and I even had to pause the tape once or twice until we'd stopped laughing.
I found the social background fascinating - old world meets new. A mixture of two-up two-downs with outside toilets and new housing estates. Package holidays abroad and honeymoons in old English resorts.
The characters are all well drawn, and the themes of the film centre on masculinity and marriage. These have aged very well and are still as fresh and relevant today as they were when this was filmed. If you enjoy 'kitchen sink' drama (or anything with real characterisation) more than the usual Hollywood blockbuster, then this film is for you.
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