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Eunice (1982)

Based on characters from "The Carol Burnett Show," this was the film which led to the series "Mama's Family."
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Carol Burnett ... Eunice
Ken Berry ... Phillip
Harvey Korman ... Ed
Betty White ... Ellen
Dick Clair Dick Clair ... Carl Harper (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vicki Lawrence ... Thelma 'Mama' Harper
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1982 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Eunice: [answering phone] Hello? Who? Bubba? Bubba is that you? WHERE ARE YOU? OH I see, is that why you're calling me on the phone, to not tell me where you are?
Thelma 'Mama' Harper: You let me talk to that boy.
Eunice: You butt out old lady.
[into phone]
Eunice: Do you have any idea how much money I've had to scrape together to try to find you? I even had to borrow from your uncle Phil and how do you think that makes me feel, huh? Well how the HELL do you expect me to sound? I haven't heard from you in almost a year! I don't expect any ...
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Eunice, the consummate loser. Period.
30 December 2005 | by topatSee all my reviews

This 1981 teleplay is the absolute end-all for the Eunice character portrayed by Carol Burnett for several years during her reign as television's finest comedian, and with her own variety show to boot... I recall Burnett once saying in an interview that she was glad to put an end to the Eunice character with this special. It was certainly the last word for Eunice, but not for the rest of the cast, who continued the saga of "Mama's Family". The bittersweet ending of "Eunice" is a great finale for the title character and her family story. With the excellent supporting cast, it created one of the all time best TV "specials". Vicki Lawrence, Ken Berry, Harvey Korman and Betty White kept this simple minded family alive for years afterward, and with great success. This should be on DVD for all generations to appreciate. It's television at its best!


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