A Family Thing

Earl Pilcher, Jr., runs an equipment rental outfit in Arkansas, lives with his wife and kids and parents, and rarely takes off his gimme cap. His mother dies, leaving a letter explaining he's not her natural son, but the son of a black woman who died in childbirth. Plus, he has a half-brother Ray, in Chicago, she wants him to visit. Earl makes the trip, initially receiving a cold welcome from Ray and Ray's son, Virgil. His birth mother's sister, Aunt T., an aged and blind matriarch, takes Earl in tow and insists that the family open up to him.


Domestic (100%)
Summary Details
DistributorMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
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1,134 theaters
Release DateMar 29, 1996
Running Time1 hr 49 min
GenresComedy Drama
In Release278 days/39 weeks
Widest Release1,134 theaters
DateRankWeekend %± LW TheatersChange AvgTo DateWeekend
Mar 29-316$3,020,662-1,134-$2,663$3,020,6621
Apr 5-79$2,008,728-33.5%1,134-$1,771$5,960,4042
Apr 12-1412$1,300,013-35.3%1,134-$1,146$8,062,9113