Family Thing

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This heart-warming drama, written in part by Billy Bob Thornton, gets a streamlined presentation for its release on DVD. A Family Thing has been given a letterboxed transfer in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The original English-language soundtrack has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a dubbed French version appears in Dolby Digital Surround. The disc is also coded with optional subtitles in Spanish and French, as ...
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This heart-warming drama, written in part by Billy Bob Thornton, gets a streamlined presentation for its release on DVD. A Family Thing has been given a letterboxed transfer in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The original English-language soundtrack has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a dubbed French version appears in Dolby Digital Surround. The disc is also coded with optional subtitles in Spanish and French, as well as closed captioning in English. As a bonus, this edition also includes the film's original theatrical trailer.
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Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English 5.1 Surround; French: Stereo Surround; French & Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Director Richard Pearce and the writing team of Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson bring their respective skills with stories of rural (and specifically Southern) folk to this underrated comedy drama. Wisely, the writers and director stay focused on character development and never stray too far into the situation comedy realm in which the film's central ideas seem to have been hatched, so the material stays a cut above its high-concept roots. This puts the onus of the film's success on its cast, and thankfully it features a trio of magnificent, career-high performances. As a "cracker" shocked to learn his true heritage, Robert Duvall presages his turn in The Apostle (1997); James Earl Jones employs his own real-life childhood stuttering impediment to marvelous use; Irma P. Hall, whose character injects the film with regular, welcome doses of comic relief, is a scene stealer in the long, proud tradition of superb supporting character actors. MGM has released A Family Thing on video and DVD under its "Contemporary Classics" banner, and for once a studio's marketing scheme is right on target: The film is a delightful exploration of what "family" really means in an increasingly cross-cultural, racially undivided society.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2001
  • UPC: 027616860989
  • Original Release: 1996
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English, Español, Français
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD

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 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
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
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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