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Family Plot (1976)

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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.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Fran
... George Lumley
... Blanche Tyler
... Arthur Adamson
... Joseph Maloney
... Julia Rainbird
... Mrs. Maloney
... Grandison
... Mrs. Clay
... Bishop Wood
... Constantine
... Vera Hannagan
John Lehne ... Andy Bush
... Wheeler
Alexander Lockwood ... Parson
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Storyline

The trickster Madam Blanche Tyler lures the elder millionaire Julia Rainbird that 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-dollar 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 »

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Comedy | Thriller

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PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 April 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's 53rd Film  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,490,375 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,200,000, 31 December 1976
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bruce Dern's line "I'm too pooped to pop" was missed by the censors when the film was first broadcast on network television. See more »

Goofs

The amount of beer in George's glass at the diner while waiting for Maloney, increases after he takes a drink. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Adamson: [to Fran] We're gonna have to kill these two ourselves.
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The Universal logo does not appear anywhere on this film. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bruce Dern/Leon Redbone (1983) See more »

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Rejoice, the Lord Is King
(1744) (uncredited)
Music by John Darwall
Lyrics by Charles Wesley
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All In The Family
9 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

I think if you approach this movie beforehand knowing it's not going to be a "Vertigo" or "Rear Window," you'll have some fun. Sure it's fluff, but it is entertaining nonetheless. Even kooky, vegetable-like Karen Black aka "The World's Worst Actress" seems to have benefited from working with Hitch and pulls off an adequate performance. Never cared for Bruce Dern and here he's his usual Willard looking self. Barbara Harris was a true delight, "Don't blaspheme, George." and found her character of Madam Blanche quite amusing. I even found the run away car scene entertaining, if not a bit over the top. All in all, I liked the story and liked the way it wrapped up in the end. Hitchcock's last gift to us all.


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