A Family Thing Movie Review 1996

Information and Film Reviews for A Family Thing the Movie

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Racial issues are addressed in this character-driven story of two brothers. Southerner Earl Pilcher (Duvall) learns his biological mother was black and that she died during his birth. In a letter written by the recently deceased woman who raised him, Earl discovers he also has a half brother, Ray (Jones), who is black and living in Chicago. He drives to Chicago, and seeks out Ray, who to Earl's surprise knows about him already, and is not exactly thrilled about the family ties, either. As the two brothers, expertly played by Duvall and Jones, slowly find common ground, Hall steals the show as the irascible Aunt T.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 109 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Family Reunions, African America, American South, Chicago, Flashback, Blindness
Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Epperson
Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones, Irma P. Hall, Michael Beach, Grace Zabriskie, Regina Taylor, Mary Jackson, Paula Marshall, Jim Harrell
Fred Murphy
Richard Pearce
Todd Black, Michael Hausman, MGM Home Entertainment

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