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A Family Thing (1996)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  29 March 1996 (USA)
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Earl Pilcher Jr., runs an equipment rental outfit in Arkansas, lives with his wife and kids and parents, and rarely takes off his gimme cap. His mother dies, leaving a letter explaining ... See full summary »

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Virgil
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Aunt T.
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Ruby
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Ann
Mary Jackson ...
Carrie
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Karen
James N. Harrell ...
Earl Pilcher Sr. (as James Harrell)
Lauren Leigh Phillips ...
Kindra
Ashleigh Jordan ...
Danielle
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Sonny
Sandra Quarterman ...
Young Aunt T. (as Saundra Quarterman)
Patrice Pitman Quinn ...
Willa Mae
Don James ...
Junior Turner
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Earl Pilcher Jr., runs an equipment rental outfit in Arkansas, lives with his wife and kids and parents, and rarely takes off his gimme cap. His mother dies, leaving a letter explaining he's not her natural son, but the son of a Black woman who died in childbirth; plus, he has a half brother Ray, in Chicago, she wants him to visit. Earl makes the trip, initially receiving a cold welcome from Ray and Ray's son, Virgil. His birth mother's sister, Aunt T., an aged and blind matriarch, takes Earl in tow and insists that the family open up to him. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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United Artists Pictures invites you on a journey... you will not soon forget. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language, brief violence and a childbirth scene | See all certifications »

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29 March 1996 (USA)  »

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Brüder wider Willen  »

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$10,118,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Though she plays their aunt in this film, Irma P. Hall is actually four years younger than Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones. See more »

Goofs

When Virgil and Ray are saying goodbye for the first time in front of Ray's house. Virgil is standing behind the car and the car moves before the engine starts. The next frame shows the car still in place then moving forward. See more »

Quotes

Earl Pilcher, Jr.: Being happy ain't nothin' more than havin' something to look forward to.
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Features Red Dawn (1984) See more »

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Spirit In The Dark
Written and Performed by Aretha Franklin
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Irma P. Hall is superb
10 September 1998 | by See all my reviews

Irma P. Hall should have won the Oscar for this performance. I can't believe she wasn't even nominated. Duvall and Jones were also wonderful. An actor's treat!


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