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Family Plot -- 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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Ernest Lehman (screenplay)
Victor Canning (novel)
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Release Date:
9 April 1976 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Fun parody See more (112 total) »


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Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
Writing credits
Ernest Lehman (screenplay)

Victor Canning (novel "The Rainbird Pattern")

Produced by
Alfred Hitchcock .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
John Williams 
Cinematography by
Leonard J. South (director of photography)
Film Editing by
J. Terry Williams (film editor) (as J Terry Williams)
Casting by
William Batliner (uncredited)
Production Design by
Henry Bumstead 
Set Decoration by
James W. Payne (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Jack Barron .... makeup man
Doug Kelly .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jo Ann Phillips .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Production Management
Ernest B. Wehmeyer .... unit production manager
Hilton A. Green .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wayne A. Farlow .... second assistant director
Howard G. Kazanjian .... first assistant director
John Slosser .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Don Zepfel .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
Thomas J. Wright .... production illustrator
Michael Dale .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Douglas Freeman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ron Jeschke .... leadman (uncredited)
Henry Larrecq .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Joseph M. LeBaron .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Robert Murdock .... property master (uncredited)
Sam Pritchard .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
James R. Alexander .... sound (as James Alexander)
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound
Roger Heman Jr. .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Earl Madery .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Dennis C. Salcedo .... optical sound transfer (uncredited)
Edwin J. Somers Jr. .... boom operator (uncredited)
Roger Sword .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Frank Brendel .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special visual effects
Syd Dutton .... matte artist (uncredited)
Bill Taylor .... matte camera (uncredited)
Arthur Widmer .... blue screen specialist (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Barbier .... still photographer (uncredited)
William T. Jones .... grip (uncredited)
Earl Kennedy .... gaffer (uncredited)
Tom Kessenich .... key grip (uncredited)
Rick Neff .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Eddie Rio Jr. .... camera operator (uncredited)
Tim Ryan .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Jack S. Schlosser .... best boy (uncredited)
Michael D. Weldon .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Casting Department
Karl Brindle .... extras casting (uncredited)
Ruth Bruning .... casting secretary (uncredited)
Don McElwaine .... bit casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Chase .... costumer: men (uncredited)
Robert Ellsworth .... costumer: men (uncredited)
Phyllis Garr .... costumer: women (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Eddie Broussard .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Angela Morley .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joseph E. Romero .... music editor (uncredited)
Jim Self .... musician: tuba (uncredited)
Edwin J. Somers Jr. .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Sylvester G. Strudwick .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Russ Buckens .... driver co-captain (uncredited)
Tony Emerzian .... driver: Alfred Hitchcock (uncredited)
Jack Lloyd .... transportation captain (uncredited)
John Tuell .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Peggy Robertson .... assistant: Mr. Hitchcock
Lois Thurman .... script supervisor
Sue Gauthier .... secretary: Alfred Hitchcock (uncredited)
Chuck House .... projectionist (uncredited)
Charles Lippincott .... publicist (uncredited)
Charles Lippincott .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Dolly Sanzone .... production secretary (uncredited)
Ronnie Wicks .... craft service (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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120 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) | USA:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #24483) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Ernest Lehman, who had previously written North by Northwest (1959) for Alfred Hitchcock, originally rejected this film's source novel as a potential project for him as a producer and/or director.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Last Supper (1995/I)See more »
Rejoice, the Lord Is KingSee more »


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23 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Fun parody, 14 August 1999
Author: Penfold-13 from London, UK

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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