A Family Thing
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's likely to be overrated by some and underrated by others, and both contingents will be wrong. One can't, however, overrate the performances, with auntie ruling the roost in more ways than one."
‑ Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today
"Uplifting film that celebrates the ties that link people together despite vast differences."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Underrated family drama; Duvall and Jones are terrific"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"Restrained, thoughtful, and ultimately very successful."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"A just-OK teaming of two major talents"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"A poignant and beautifully life affirming film."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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