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Family Plot (1976)

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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From the devious mind of Alfred Hitchcock, a diabolically entertaining motion picture. See more »

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Comedy | Thriller

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9 April 1976 (USA)  »

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Deceit  »

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$4,490,375 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alfred Hitchcock: [left-handed protagonist] Like several female leads in Hitchcock's films, such as Shirley McLaine, Eva Marie Saint, Kim Novak and Tippi Hedron, Barbara Harris is another blonde lefty. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end when George is in the basement, he passes a window that shows it is day outside, though the scene takes place at night. See more »

Quotes

Fran: I don't know what's come over me tonight. I'm tingling all over.
Arthur Adamson: I told you about danger, didn't I? First it makes you sick, then when you get through it, it makes you very, very loving.
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The Universal logo does not appear anywhere on this film. See more »

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Referenced in L'infermiera di notte (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Rejoice, the Lord Is King
(1744) (uncredited)
Music by John Darwall
Lyrics by Charles Wesley
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Fun parody
14 August 1999 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

Hitchcock was a better director of suspense than comedy.

This is a not altogether successful attempt at a send-up of Hitchcock's classic thrillers. The plot is as convoluted as ever, except that it borders on the silly.

As a stand-alone movie, it's beautifully shot, but too ridiculous to take seriously, without managing to be actually funny.

But if you take the plot as simply a line to hang the parody on, it's nicely amusing. It's a kaleidoscope of scenes from other Hitchcock movies which were scary the first time round, but this time they're caricatures. Relive bits from North By Northwest, Psycho, To Catch A Thief, and many more, grinning as you recognise where they came from.


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