You might also like

Where to watch

Rate And Review

User image

Verified

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)



  • You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you buy your ticket?

    Let's get your review verified.

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)

  • How did you buy your ticket?

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

The Catered Affair Photos

Movie Info

When Jane (Debbie Reynolds) tells her parents that she is getting married to Ralph Halloran (Rod Taylor), her mother, Agnes (Bette Davis), starts planning an elaborate wedding, even though Jane does not wish it. Another complication is that Jane's father, Tom (Ernest Borgnine), is a cabdriver and cannot afford an expensive catered wedding. As Agnes starts inviting more guests and the arrangements become more complicated, it creates tension with both her daughter and her husband.

Cast & Crew

Bette Davis
Mrs. Agnes Hurley
Barry Fitzgerald
Uncle Jack Conlon
Rod Taylor
Ralph Halloran
Robert F. Simon
Mr. Joe Halloran
Madge Kennedy
Mrs. Joe Halloran
Dorothy Stickney
Mrs. Rafferty
Carol Veazie
Mrs. Casey
Joan Camden
Alice Scanlon
Ray Stricklyn
Eddie Hurley
Jay Adler
Sam Leiter
Dan Tobin
Hotel Caterer
Paul Denton
Bill Scanlon
Mae Clarke
Saleswoman (uncredited)
William Shanks
Assistant Director
John Alton
Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
André Previn
Composer
Show all Cast & Crew

Critic Reviews for The Catered Affair

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (5)

Audience Reviews for The Catered Affair

  • Jun 20, 2017
    This family drama is a quiet little movie, so if you're looking for a lot of action or a complicated plot, it's probably not for you. What it does offer is fantastic acting, a nuanced story, and a study in characters. Bette Davis plays a middle-aged housewife married to her cabbie husband (Ernest Borgnine). One morning, their daughter (Debbie Reynolds) casually announces to them that she intends to get married (to Rod Taylor), and that the two of them are going to have a simple legal ceremony with only immediate family present. In part because Davis didn't get a wedding herself and in part because she's disillusioned with her own marriage, she begins lobbying Reynolds to have a bigger wedding. I won't say anything more about the plot. There are some outstanding scenes with supporting actors in the movie, including one with the groom-to-be's parents at a dinner party (Robert Simon and Madge Kennedy), and others with the bride-to-be's elderly uncle, a confirmed bachelor, and a woman he sees socially (Barry Fitzgerald and Dorothy Stickney). In fact, Fitzgerald and Stickney were probably my favorite part of the movie, but it's hard to deny the excellent performances Davis, Borgnine, and Reynolds all deliver. Director Richard Brooks was brave in giving them the limelight in a "less is more" approach, and it paid off. It's hard to fathom some of the "professional" critics' negative reviews, and even though these things are always a bit subjective, I think if you like 'small' movies, you'll like this one.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2008
    Good simple kitchen sink drama with lovely well obseved performances from all.
    jay n Super Reviewer

The Catered Affair Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Movie & TV guides