A Family Thing Poster

Release Date: March 29th, 1996

DVD Release Date: May 8th, 2001

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

Production Co: United Artists

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The situations are more or less standard (fights over sleeping arrangements, emergencies that have to be solved, moments of truth and confession), but the dialogue and the acting bring the material up to another level. show more

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

  • 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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