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Family Plot (1976)

 -  Comedy | Thriller  -  9 April 1976 (USA)
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Lighthearted suspense film about a phony psychic/con artist and her taxi driver/private investigator boyfriend who encounter a pair of serial kidnappers while trailing a missing heir in California.

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The trickster Madam Blanche Tyler lures the elder millionaire Julia Rainbird that believes she is a spiritualist. After a séance, she discovers that Julia is tormented by her past, when she forced her sister and single mother Harriet to deliver her baby for adoption to avoid a family scandal. Julia promises the small fortune of ten thousand-dollar to Blanche if she finds her nephew and heir of her fortune using her phony powers. Blanche asks her boyfriend George Lumley, who is an unemployed actor working as cab driver, to investigate the whereabouts of Julia's nephew. Meanwhile, the greedy jeweler and collector Arthur Adamson kidnaps wealthy people with his girlfriend Fran to increase his collection of diamonds with the ransom. When George concludes that Arthur Adamson might be the heir of Julia Rainbird, the reckless Blanche gets in trouble with the kidnappers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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heir | kidnapping | ransom | diamond | actor | See more »

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There's no body in the family plot. See more »

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9 April 1976 (USA)  »

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$4,490,375 (estimated)
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This is Alfred Hitchcock's final film and its final shot, the final ever shot in all of Alfred Hitchcock's 53 movies, was of a woman breaking the fourth wall by looking straight into the camera and winking at the audience. This was arguably a fitting coda to his career exemplifying the black humor that was prevalent in his movies. See more »

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Blanche: You're a fink!
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Don't bother defending this film.
27 January 2007 | by (Atlanta, Georgia) – See all my reviews

I regret to say that while it has a fair amount of merits, I find "Family Plot" to be one of Hitchcock's worst films. Had he used the exact same script and made a dark thriller with an able cast, it would have worked much better. Instead, it's played for laughs, and it's just not funny. I have serious issues with the four principal actors and their ability to convincingly portray their characters. Barbara Harris' "kooky" persona is as dated as that bouffant, bubble hairdo that looks like a wig. She was completely out of step even in 1976. Bruce Dern is annoying in his forced attempt at a comic performance. Karen Black's acting is tentative and uncertain (she was too awestruck at being in a Hitchcock film). William Devane's grinning mouthful of capped teeth is similarly a turnoff. It's the same sort of miscasting that ultimately doomed Gus Van Sant's unfortunate "Psycho" remake. The John Williams score, with its tinkling harpsichord (more befitting a Disney children's adventure) is excruciatingly trite. Hitchcock's misjudgments at that late stage of his career, when he probably shouldn't have been making movies anymore, can be forgiven in light of the remarkable legacy of masterpieces he left behind.


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