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Our Sons (1991)

Donald is a young man dying of AIDS. His lover, James, asks his mother to go to Fayetteville, Arkansas and tell Donald's mother, who has been estranged from her son for years.


John Erman


William Hanley, Micki Dickoff (documentary Too Little, Too Late)




Complete credited cast:
Ann-Margret ... Luanne Barnes
Julie Andrews ... Audrey Grant
Hugh Grant ... James
Zeljko Ivanek ... Donald Barnes
Tony Roberts ... Harry
Hal England Hal England ... Charley
Loyda Ramos ... Patient's Wife
Annabelle Weenick ... Nurse
Lisa Blake Richards ... Female Bar Patron
Essex Smith Essex Smith ... Trailer Park Manager
Frank Whiteman Frank Whiteman ... George
Elizabeth Austin Elizabeth Austin ... Sally
George Whiteman George Whiteman ... Male Bar Patron


Donald Barnes (Zeljko Ivanek) is dying of A.I.D.S.. His lover, James (Hugh Grant), asks his mother, Audrey Grant (Dame Julie Andrews), to go to Fayetteville, Arkansas and tell Donald's mother, Luanne (Ann-Margret), who has been estranged from her son for years. Written by Randy Goldebrg <gaellon@inch.com>

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The closing credits dedicate this movie to the "108,731 people in the United States who have died" from A.I.D.S. According to the C.D.C., as of 2016, about six hundred seventy-five thousand people in the U.S. have died of H.I.V./A.I.D.S. See more »


Luanne Barnes: Well, if wasn't was he is, he wouldn't be gonna die, would he? Would he! I hate it what he is! It turns my stomach!
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This film is dedicated to the memory of the 108,731 people in the United States who have died of complications from AIDS. See more »


References Little Caesar (1931) See more »

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Well Told TV AIDS Tale
12 August 2019 | by garyrogers-67484See all my reviews

Our Sons is one of the better films dealing with AIDS that I've seen next to The Normal Heart. It casts Julie Andrews and Ann Margret as two radically different women who must come together when one of their sons is dying of AIDS.

Hugh Grant has an early role as Andrews' son and he pleads with his mother to bring Margret's character from Arkansas to see his dying lover and her son. This doesn't go as planned and Andrews must convince Margret to see her son, because Margret is under the impression that her son deserves what's coming to him because of his lifestyle.

Even 30 years later, this story is all too resonate with parents abandoning their gay children all the time. Our Sons tells an incredibly moving story about how it's never too late to reconnect and forgive. Andrews and Margret have never been better and you have to give them credit for willing to star in a non-judgemental story about AIDS when people were still scared to talk about it.

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Release Date:

19 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Too Little, Too Late See more »

Filming Locations:

Van Buren, Arkansas, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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