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Family Plot

R In Theaters 03/12/1999 , 120min.
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Plot & Details

Alfred Hitchcock's final film was adapted from Victor Canning's novel The Rainbird Pattern by Ernest Lehman, who previously wrote the screenplay for Hitchcock's North by Northwest. Barbara Harris plays Blanche, a phony psychic, hired by wealthy Julia Rainbird (Cathleen Nesbitt) to trace the whereabouts of her nephew, who'd been given up for adoption years earlier and who is now heir to a fortune. Blanche's cohort is "investigator" Lumley (Bruce Dern), who is fully prepared to milk the last dollar out of Julia before locating the long-lost nephew. Meanwhile, we are introduced to elegant kidnappers Adamson and Fran (William Devane and Karen Black). The fates of the two couples are inextricably intertwined by the search for the missing heir.


Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1976 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Barbara Harris Nominated

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1976 Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Screenplay Ernest Lehman Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1976 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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