I had the luxury of not knowing anything about "A Family Thing"
other than the
leads being Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones. For me, the two of them
enough. These master actors could induce me to enter the theater just on
past performances. But that isn't enough for the marketing folks who feel
compelled to give you and me the entire story line in a 30 second commercial.
No one has told them about selling the sizzle, and then the steak. So if
not seen the commercials, or worse, the trailer, run to the theater now
and see "A
I will tell you that Academy Award winner Duvall plays a redneck, good ole
who learns that his mother was not his birth mother. His biological mother
black woman who died giving birth to him. And his half brother is a Chicago
policeman, portrayed by Jones. It is a strong premise that these men are
capable of handling. The other thing I have to tell you is that you will
P. Hall. The Chicago-based veteran actress is warm, wise and witty as Aunt
Oh, and one more thing. Jones is a stutterer and inadvertently let it out
scene. He and director, Richard Pearce decided to let the stutter stay
to give the
character more vulnerability. This is a side of James Earl Jones that we
to see often, so enjoy it.
"A Family Thing" is encouraging because people who are older grow
There is hope. Rated PG-13 for language and adult situations.