6.3/10
161
5 user 1 critic

The Member of the Wedding (1997)

Frankie Addams, 12-year-old tomboy, feels disconnected from the world. Frankie's mother died when she was born, and her father is a distant, uncomprehending figure. Her closest companions ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews
3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young tomboy named Frankie is forced to face her own immaturity as a result her older brother's wedding.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Ethel Waters, Julie Harris, Brandon De Wilde
All the Rage (1999)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Handguns figure in the intertwining lives of nine people. Warren shoots his wife Helen's lover and his defense is that he thought he was shooting an intruder. She leaves him; the lawyer ... See full summary »

Director: James D. Stern
Stars: Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels, Robert Forster
Blue State (2007)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

BLUE STATE is a romantic comedy about a disgruntled Democrat who actually follows through on a drunken campaign promise to move to Canada if George "Dubya" Bush gets re-elected.

Director: Marshall Lewy
Stars: Breckin Meyer, Anna Paquin, Joyce Krenz
Straight A's (2013)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Pressured by his deceased mother's ghost to return home to the family he abandoned, a former addict grabs a bag of pills and a sack of marijuana and hits the road to Louisiana.

Director: James Cox
Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Anna Paquin, Luke Wilson
Open House I (2010)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A couple on the verge of a nasty divorce attempt to sell their empty love nest and move on with their lives, separately. After a successful open house they are horrified to discover, days ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Paquin
Stars: Brian Geraghty, Rachel Blanchard, Anna Paquin
Susanna (TV Series 2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An ambitious career woman must rise to the task of taking care of her troubled sister's baby girl.

Stars: Maggie Grace, Rebecca Mark, Sierra Mark
The Member of the Wedding (TV Movie 1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A 1982 made-for-television remake of the 1952 Fred Zinnemann film. Shown as a feature on "NBC Live Theater."

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Pearl Bailey, Dana Hill, Howard E. Rollins Jr.
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Corey Dunn ...
...
...
...
...
Officer Wylie
...
Red-Haired Soldier
Maggie Marshall ...
Emmaline Williams / Voice of Carson McCullers
...
Mr. Williams (as Andrew Stahl)
...
Mrs. Wray
Lou Criscuolo ...
Blue Moon Owner
...
Winnie (as Stephanie Griffin)
James J. Pence Jr. ...
Minister
Al Wiggins ...
T.T. Williams (as Alfred Wiggins)
Edit

Storyline

Frankie Addams, 12-year-old tomboy, feels disconnected from the world. Frankie's mother died when she was born, and her father is a distant, uncomprehending figure. Her closest companions are the family's African American maid, Berenice Sadie Brown, and her six-year-old cousin, John Henry West. She has no friends in her small Southern town and dreams of going away with her brother and his bride-to-be on their honeymoon.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

There's a time in a young girl's life when nothing's right...but everything's possible.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some language
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Member of the Family  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Frankie Addams: Just like those freaks.
Berenice Sadie Brown: What freaks?
Frankie Addams: The ones at the carnival, they give me the creeps.
Berenice Sadie Brown: You and me both.
See more »

Connections

Version of The Member of the Wedding (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

How Long Is Loneliness?
Music by Laurence Rosenthal
Lyrics by Dennis Spiegel
Performed by Willow Wray
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Carson McCullers is turning over in her grave
17 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Paquin's accent isn't great, although she is a reasonably affecting Frankie. Julie Harris she is not, but she has her moments. Woodard is terrific as Berenice, as far as she was allowed to go.

But the novel, which is a dreamy, exquisite book, has been eviscerated. Not only did the writer (or more likely, the producer or the director or Hallmark) simply lop off the rest of the story, but Berenice's big scene, wherein she tells of Ludie's death and her subsequent, hopeless search for "pieces" (as she says) of him, has been eliminated, except for a fragment plopped (why?!) at the beginning of the movie.

Really, I think there should be a law against hacks putting their hands on art. Everything Mrs. McCullers created -- the characters, the pathos, the heat and boredom of that summer, the depth of their sorrow, longing, restlessness, disappointment... oh! and the plot -- has been diluted for easy consumption by the public, most of whom, alas, will not even know the difference. Which, I suppose, is why, and how, the perpetrators of this pale fraud justified this sorry mess. Shame on them.

Read the book and then (and only then) see the original movie. Please.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?