Family Plot (1976)
Average Rating: 7/10
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Alfred Hitchcock's final film was adapted from Victor Canning's novel The Rainbird Pattern by Ernest Lehman, who previously wrote the screenplay for Hitchcock's North by Northwest. Barbara Harris plays Blanche, a phony psychic, hired by wealthy Julia Rainbird (Cathleen Nesbitt) to trace the whereabouts of her nephew, who'd been given up for adoption years earlier and who is now heir to a fortune. Blanche's cohort is "investigator" Lumley (Bruce Dern), who is fully prepared to milk the last
Apr 9, 1976 Limited
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A rolling boil of sex and violence beneath the bland surfaces of suburban placidity.
Hitchcock has a deviously complicated tale to tell, and he's going to tell it with labyrinthine detail, and he's not going to cheat.
Hitchcock's last (53rd) film is a post-modern, self-reflexive work, which deserves a more serious look and better grade than granted by many critics.
... full of allusions to past Hitchcock. A car is parked on Bates Avenue; a gas station man tells a cab driver it is dangerous to light a match; the kidnapers tell each other how danger makes them tingle; and the female kidnaper used a blonde wig.
It's not exactly top-tier Hitchcock, but it features enough good stuff to make it at least worth one viewing.
It's a movie that's haunted by death, with lengthy sequences played out in cemeteries.
An Alfred Hitchcock thriller with many interesting things happening in the movie's small places
Hitch's swan song and a pretty good one.
Once you tap into the film's gentle satire of its characters and genre, its strengths become apparent.
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