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Family Plot

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Original title
Family Plot
Year
Running time
120 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Ernest Lehman
Music
John Williams
Cinematography
Leonard South
Cast
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Producer
Universal Pictures
Genre
Mystery
Synopsis / Plot
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 dollar out of Julia before locating the long-lost nephew. Meanwhile, we are introduced to elegant kidnappers Adamson and Fran (William Devane and Karen Black). The fates of the two couples are inextricably intertwined by the search for the missing heir. (Hal Erickson: All Movie Guide)
Awards
1976: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Actress - Musical/Comedy (Barbara Harris)
1976: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Comedy Screenplay
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