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
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When asked what he thought upon seeing Mama in her casket, Phil answered: "We should've had her frozen." The head of co-writer Dick Clair is cryogenically preserved. See more
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
You haven't changed one iota, Eunice. Your hair's different, it's nice, I like it.
I had it fixed specially for the funeral. I don't like it.
Spun-off from The Carol Burnett Show