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A Family Thing (1996)

PG-13  |   |  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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Cast

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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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Storyline

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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With family, everything is relative. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Un asunto de familia  »

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$10,118,000 (USA)
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Trivia

James Earl Jones uses his actual stammer as part of his character. See more »

Goofs

When Virgil & Ray are together in Virgil's car near the end Ray says that he hasn't been back to Virgil's hometown for 60 years which would be the birth year for Virgil however in an earlier scene Ray had confessed to having scarred Virgil by throwing a rock which had hit him as Virgil & his father were exiting a store. See more »

Quotes

Raymond "Ray" Lee Murdock: When I look at you I see him. And I can't look at you anymore.
[begins laughing]
Earl Pilcher, Sr.: What's so funny?
Raymond "Ray" Lee Murdock: How does it feel, Mr. Filcher?
Earl Pilcher, Sr.: How does what feel?
Raymond "Ray" Lee Murdock: Being colored.
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Keeping The Faith
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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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