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Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got the Will? (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  4 May 1990 (USA)
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Bickering siblings are reunited at their Texas home as their father lies on his deathbed in this black comedy.

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Orville
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Evalita
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Sara Lee
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Harmony
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Lurlene
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Marlene
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Daddy
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Mama Wheelis
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Clarence
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Sid
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Linnie Sue
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Little Orville
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Little Lurlene
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Bickering siblings are reunited at their Texas home as their father lies on his deathbed in this black comedy.

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Buford Turnover is going to heaven...his family is going through hell.

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Majority of the movie filmed on historic Cole Ranch just outside of Denton. See more »

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Evalita's silver belt continuously appears and disappears while she's singing "Daddy You Can't Blame Me." See more »

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[repeated line]
Orville: I done peed in my chili!
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I'll Fly Away
Written by Albert E. Brumley (as A. Brumley)
Performed by the Cast
Published by A.E. Brumley & Sons / SESAC
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This movie's dyin'...Who's got the remote?
28 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

I may be exaggerating about how bad the movie is. Sometimes I got the impression the performances were good, and occasionally this was funny. But it wasn't what I was hoping for, based on the title.

Yes, the four adult children of Buford Turnover have arrived at his Texas ranch to visit their father one last time. Sara Lee has to clean up her house so the very conservative and holier-than-thou Lurlene won't see anything inappropriate. Evalita, an aspiring country singer, arrives engaged to Harmony, a long-haired vegetarian hippie. And Orville brings his wife Marlene, who is trying to lose weight but can't seem to please her husband no matter what she does. Sara Lee claims to be marrying Clarence, but that's just a cover story so her family won't think she's ... can I use that word? I'd better not. Mama Wheelis (who doesn't look that much older than Buford) is even more Christian (mostly meaning judgmental) than Lurlene. It is her son who is dying, and he lost his wife Linnie Sue years ago.

All anyone seems to care about is what they're getting when Buford dies. And no one seems to know where the will is. Orville is the greediest and least caring of the whole group.

These people tried hard to make me laugh, and I suppose there's nothing wrong with a movie like this being partly a drama, but it just wasn't enough for me.

If any performances can be said to stand out, I would say Patrika Darbo as the frustrated Marlene, and Judge Reinhold as the sensitive and caring Harmony. Despite his rugged appearance, Harmony was a really nice person. This is partly good writing, of course.

The most touching moments, for me, were Buford's delusions as he watched his family singing around the piano. He thought he was seeing his wife and his young children.

There was lots of good music. I especially enjoyed the country band which Evalita sang with (until Harmony decided to join in; if I wanted to listen to Montgomery Gentry, I would).

It depends on the individual, I suppose. Southerners may enjoy this more than those from other parts of the country.


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