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Family Plot (1976)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Mar 6, 2001
 R2: 21 Apr 2003

Budget USD 3,000,000

Running Time
2 hours, 1 minute

Country USA

Production Companies
Universal Pictures

Studio Universal

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Other Titles
• Family Plot (1976)
• Missing Heir
• Deceit
• Familiengrab (1976)



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Genre: Thriller, Comedy, Suspense, Black Comedy, Kidnapping, Deception, Detectives, Psychic, Investigation, Scams And Cons, Thieves

Tagline: There's no body in the family plot

Plot: FAMILY PLOT was Alfred Hitchcock's 54th and final film; he died on April 29, 1980. The film was Hitchcock's second biggest box office success. Once again the master has made a film that involves one of his favorite themes--doubling--with one character providing a dark counterpoint to the hero, acting out all his or her repressed, negative desires, as in SHADOW OF A DOUBT and STRANGERS ON A TRAIN. In this film, the two couples, one criminal but amiable and the other criminal but violent, provide a stark contrast with one another. The parallel couples also provide emotional counterbalance to one another as Hitchcock weaves alternating threads of humor and cruelty to create this layered story. When a rich, guilt-ridden dowager visits a psychic (Barbara Harris) for help in finding her family's long-abandoned heir, she sets off more than a search for a missing person. Unbeknownst to the lady, the psychic is a phony, and the lure of dollars sends her, along with her cabdriver husband (Bruce Dern), in hot pursuit of the lost beneficiary. Their bumbling search, however, threatens to interfere with established criminal interests, and, unknowingly, the couple's doggedness leads them into harm's way. The film was based on THE RAINBIRD PATTERN, a novel by Victor Canning.

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 Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock
Psycho, Rear Window, North by Northwest
 Written by
Victor Canning
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Ernest Lehman
North by Northwest, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Sweet Smell of Success
 Cast
Karen Black
House of 1000 Corpses, Five Easy Pieces, Nashville
Bruce Dern
The Haunting, Monster, The 'burbs
William Devane
Hollow Man, Payback, Space Cowboys
Alfred Hitchcock
Rope, The 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes
Barbara Harris
Grosse Pointe Blank, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Peggy Sue Got Married
Ed Lauter
Leaving Las Vegas, Seabiscuit, Not Another Teen Movie
Cathleen Nesbitt
An Affair to Remember, The Parent Trap, French Connection II
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 Music By
John Williams
Saving Private Ryan, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Schindler's List



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