Based on characters from "The Carol Burnett Show," this was the film which led to the series "Mama's Family."
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Moments in four different years in the lives of the Harper family beginning with 1955 as a hopeful Eunice prepares to go to a party, and her brother Phillip, a recent college graduate, departs for New York In 1963, a married Eunice and her husband Ed Higgins help Mama welcome novelist Phillip home for a visit. In 1973, a divorced Eunice is living with Mama. In 1978, Eunice, Ellen, and Phillip return from Mama's funeral and Eunice makes a painful realization about her life. Written by Anonymous

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Co-writer Dick Clair, like Phil Harper, advocated cryogenics. Upon seeing Mama in her casket, Phil thought, "Should've had her frozen." After Clair died, his head was preserved by freezing. See more »

Goofs

There are only three Harper children shown in this movie: Eunice, Philip, and Ellen. Yet, in previous "Family" sketches (the basis of this movie)and in the series "Mama's Family", there are three other sons, Vinton (played by Ken Berry, who plays Philip in this movie), Larry (played by Alan Alda) and Jack (played by Tommy Smothers). Brother Philip was played by Roddy McDowall in at least two of the original "Family" sketches. See more »

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Ellen: I thought when I saw Mama lying in that coffin, I thought 'Well she's with Daddy and with her old friends'. What'd you think, Phil?
Phillip: I thought we should've had her frozen.
Ellen: Phil! Honestly, what is the matter with you?
Phillip: That's what I thought Ellen, I thought we should've put her in the deep freeze as soon as she died and then someday in the future she can be revived and she can be made young again and she could live forever as a young girl because nobody would ever have to die again. That's what I ...
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I knew I wasn't making this up!
11 November 2002 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I have been trying to prove for YEARS that there was a live teleplay called Eunice, based on the Momma's Family characters from the Carol Burnett show. I've searched imdb many times before to no avail. Although I was only 10 or 11 when it was aired, being rather sophisticated for my age, I remember the special as being rather bittersweet. And with the genius ensemble of Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, and Betty White, no less than comic magic can be expected. As the user before me, I hope this gem will soon be available on video.


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