Family Thing

Family Thing

Robert Duvall
Director: Richard Pearce Cast: Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
, James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
, Michael Beach
Michael Beach
Richard Pearce

DVD (Wide Screen)

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In this family drama, a white Southerner discovers that his family history isn't what he thought it was -- with the fact that he's half-black only one of his many surprises. Earl Pilcher, Jr. (Robert Duvall) runs a gas station in Arkansas; he's a typical middle-aged Southern man who likes his pickup truck and loves his momma. Shortly after his mother's death, he receives some very unexpected news; she wasn't really his mother after all. It seems that years ago, Earl Sr. (James N. Harrell) raped the family's African-American maid, Willie Mae, who nine months later died while giving birth to Earl Jr. To avoid further scandal, Mrs. Pilcher simply raised Earl Jr. as her own. While the family has kept the matter a secret all these years, Earl Jr. has a half-brother living in Chicago, and it was his mother's wish that the two should some day meet and become friends. Earl travels to Chicago and tracks down Ray Murdock (James Earl Jones), a veteran police officer and Willie Mae's other son. Earl Jr. quickly learns that Ray has little interest in getting to know him better; he knows all the facts behind the matter, and he's always blamed Earl for the death of his mother. However, Earl Jr. isn't used to life in a big city up north, and after he's mugged and carjacked, Ray grudgingly takes in his half-brother, letting him stay in the home he shares with his son Virgil (Michael Beach) and Aunt T. (Irma P. Hall), who raised Ray as a boy. A Family Thing was written by Billy Bob Thornton shortly before his breakthrough as writer, director, and star of Sling Blade.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2014
UPC: 0883904303961
Original Release: 1996
Rating: PG-13
Source: Mgm Mod
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:49:00
Sales rank: 8,802

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Duvall Earl Pilcher, Jr.
James Earl Jones Ray Murdock
Michael Beach Virgil
Irma P. Hall Aunt T.
Grace Zabriskie Ruby
Regina Taylor Ann
Mary Jackson Carrie
Paula Marshall Karen
James Harrell Earl Pilcher, Sr.
David Keith Sonny
Don James Junior Turner
Willo Hausman Waitress
Rufus Thomas Tommy
Meg Thalken Doctor
Wanda Christine Woman at City Hall
Roy Hytower & Motif Man at Gas Station
Antoine Roshell Young Man in Car
Tony Brown The Nightclub Band
David Spenser The Nightclub Band
Xander Berkeley Sunburned Man

Technical Credits
Richard Pearce Director
Gary Baugh Set Decoration/Design
Todd Black Producer
Gerrit Dangremond Camera Operator
Linda de Scenna Production Designer
Robert Duvall Producer
Tom Epperson Screenwriter
Scott Ferguson Associate Producer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Charles Gross Score Composer,Songwriter
Randa Haines Producer
Michael Hausman Executive Producer
Craig Huston Asst. Director
Stacy Logan Stunts
Max Maxwell Stunts
Ric Mcelvin Set Decoration/Design
Fred Murphy Cinematographer
Jim Nedza Art Director
Victoria Thomas Casting
Billy Bob Thornton Screenwriter
Joe Tompkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Warner Editor
Glenn Williams Sound/Sound Designer
Brad Wilson Co-producer
Brad Wilson Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Family Thing
1. Title/Fixin' To Die [9:11]
2. A Mess Of A Letter [6:11]
3. Searching My Family [6:17]
4. "Born Out Of Wrong" [6:56]
5. Urban Race Relations [4:42]
6. Meet Aunt T. [4:34]
7. The Korea Tale [4:36]
8. Shopping With Aunt T. [5:46]
9. "He's White!" [7:39]
10. Wrong Place, Wrong Color [11:25]
11. Like A Family Picnic [3:12]
12. War Stories [7:47]
13. The Hillbilly Lecture [8:25]
14. All The Little Babies [12:13]
15. An Invitation [6:29]
16. End Credits [3:33]

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