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PG-13| 1 hr. 49 min.

Plot Summary
Following the death of the white woman he thought was his mother, a shocked Earl Pilcher Jr. (Robert Duvall) learns he is half black. Shaken to the core by this revelation of decades of lies, an impassioned Pilcher travels to Chicago to find his biological family and meets Roy Murdock (James Earl Jones), his half-brother. Unfortunately, Murdock refuses to accept the aging Southerner. Desperate for a connection, the grieving Pilcher struggles to convince Murdock to open his mind.

Cast: Robert Duvall , James Earl Jones , Michael Beach , Irma P. Hall , Grace Zabriskie , Regina Taylor , Mary Jackson , Paula Marshall

Director: Richard Pearce

Genres: Drama

A Family Thing (1996)

Release Date: January 1st, 1996|1 hr. 49 min.

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  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    It's impossible to dismiss the attraction of such accomplished actors on the big screen, even with a fits-and-starts script. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    It's likely to be overrated by some and underrated by others, and both contingents will be wrong. One can't, however, overrate the performances, with auntie ruling the roost in more ways than one. [29 Mar 1996, p.4D] show more

  • 100
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    The film's premise is totally implausible yet great performances, directing and script allow us to transcend the concept of believability and enjoy nevertheless. show more

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