A phony psychic/con artist and her taxi driver/private investigator boyfriend encounter a pair of serial kidnappers while trailing a missing heir in California.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Ernest Lehman (screenplay), Victor Canning (novel)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Black ... Fran
Bruce Dern ... George Lumley
Barbara Harris ... Blanche Tyler
William Devane ... Arthur Adamson
Ed Lauter ... Maloney
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Julia Rainbird
Katherine Helmond ... Mrs. Maloney
Warren J. Kemmerling ... Grandison
Edith Atwater ... Mrs. Clay
William Prince ... Bishop
Nicholas Colasanto ... Constantine
Marge Redmond ... Vera Hannagan
John Lehne John Lehne ... Andy Bush
Charles Tyner ... Wheeler
Alexander Lockwood Alexander Lockwood ... Parson
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Storyline

The trickster Madam Blanche Tyler lures the elder millionaire Julia Rainbird who believes she is a spiritualist. After a séance, she discovers that Julia is tormented by her past, when she forced her sister and single mother Harriet to deliver her baby for adoption to avoid a family scandal. Julia promises the small fortune of ten thousand-dollars to Blanche if she finds her nephew and heir of her fortune using her phony powers. Blanche asks her boyfriend George Lumley, who is an unemployed actor working as cab driver, to investigate the whereabouts of Julia's nephew. Meanwhile, the greedy jeweler and collector Arthur Adamson kidnaps wealthy people with his girlfriend Fran to increase his collection of diamonds with the ransom. When George concludes that Arthur Adamson might be the heir of Julia Rainbird, the reckless Blanche gets in trouble with the kidnappers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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There's no body in the family plot. See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

This movie's famous car chase was filmed on Universal Studios' very expansive backlot. See more »

Goofs

When Blanche is riding in the back of George's taxi, it's rather obvious the background is a "green screen." Because of this, the street lights ahead of the taxi can be seen moving back and forth right through George's hat and head. See more »

Quotes

George: So how did it go?
Blanche: She's hooked, waiting to be pulled in.
George: Another one of your $25 sardines?
Blanche: No. This is a *big* one, George. A great big whale.
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Connections

Referenced in The Last Supper (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Rejoice, the Lord Is King
(1744) (uncredited)
Music by John Darwall
Lyrics by Charles Wesley
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Light entertainment
22 October 2000 | by fletch5See all my reviews

"Family Plot" is remembered only for being Hitchcock's last film. The ending to his successful career could be have been more honorable. "Family Plot" is merely a light entertainment movie - nothing more, nothing less. But it works as that. The plot is enjoyable to follow and the members of the cast (especially William Devane) do a creditable job. But remember that the director was no longer at his peak, so don't expect anything in the lines of his masterpieces, like "Vertigo" or "Psycho". And John Williams' barely memorable score pales in comparison with Bernard Herrmann's masterful accomplishments.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deceit See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,490,375 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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