A Family Thing [DVD] [1996]

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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

Synopsis


A Family Thing
In this family drama, a white Southerner discovers that his family history isn't what he thought it was -- with the fact that he's half-black only one of his many surprises. Earl Pilcher, Jr. (Robert Duvall) runs a gas station in Arkansas; he's a typical middle-aged Southern man who likes his pickup truck and loves his momma. Shortly after his mother's death, he receives some very unexpected news; she wasn't really his mother after all. It seems that years ago, Earl Sr. (James N. Harrell) raped the family's African-American maid, Willie Mae, who nine months later died while giving birth to Earl Jr. To avoid further scandal, Mrs. Pilcher simply raised Earl Jr. as her own. While the family has kept the matter a secret all these years, Earl Jr. has a half-brother living in Chicago, and it was his mother's wish that the two should some day meet and become friends. Earl travels to Chicago and tracks down Ray Murdock (James Earl Jones), a veteran police officer and Willie Mae's other son. Earl Jr. quickly learns that Ray has little interest in getting to know him better; he knows all the facts behind the matter, and he's always blamed Earl for the death of his mother. However, Earl Jr. isn't used to life in a big city up north, and after he's mugged and carjacked, Ray grudgingly takes in his half-brother, letting him stay in the home he shares with his son Virgil (Michael Beach) and Aunt T. (Irma P. Hall), who raised Ray as a boy. A Family Thing was written by Billy Bob Thornton shortly before his breakthrough as writer, director, and star of Sling Blade. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Robert Duvall
    Robert Duvall - Earl Pilcher, Jr.
  • James Earl Jones
    James Earl Jones - Ray Murdock
  • Michael Beach
    Michael Beach - Virgil
  • Irma P. Hall
    Irma P. Hall - Aunt T.
  • Grace Zabriskie
    Grace Zabriskie - Ruby



Overall customer rating

4.5
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this movie

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    breezyb56
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    Big fan of James Earl Jones and Robert Duvall. Glad I found this movie at Best Buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Funny movie

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    Maria
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    This dvd was very nice The only problem is that they were no English subtitle

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent condition and a reasonable price

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    ChuckBeeman
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    I didn't expect to find this classic at a good price. Order and delivery went smoothly

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent dvd

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    Sami
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    This dvd is a excellent The story is wonderful It's s funny movie

    I would recommend this to a friend



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