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Play for Today (Abigail's Party) (1977)


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Release Date: Nov 1, 1977 Wide

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Abigail's Party originally aired as part of the BBC's influential Play for Today series. Writer/director Mike Leigh was responsible for several productions for the series, as was Dennis Potter (The Singing Detective). This filmed play was developed the same way most of Leigh's work has been -- in improvisatory workshops with the actors. It was also performed on-stage before it was filmed for television. It's a character-driven social satire. Alison Steadman (Leigh's wife, who has appeared in … More

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Mike Leigh
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Feb 24, 2004


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Hilarious, based on a great play too, you can tell it was a play since it takes place in one setting in a short amount of time, but that just makes it more realistic I think. I really liked this movie it's really funny.

AJ Verser

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Abigail's Party is classic Mike Leigh and classic BBC programing in the 70's. Based on a play, it retains the same theatrical feel but is enhanced with a sitcom style edge. Its script is subtle but as sharp as a knife. It's performances are great too, particularly by the female cast, lead by the highly influential character of Beverly played brilliantly by Alison Steadman. It captures 1970's suburbia brilliantly, class clashes and cheese and pineapple sticks, brilliant stuff!

Anthony Lawrie

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