Family Plot Movie Review Summary

Actors: Bruce Dern, Karen Black, William Devane, Barbara Harris, Ed Lauter

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When Madame Blanche (Barbara Harris), a phoney psychic who uses the investigative skills of her cab-driving boyfriend George (Bruce Dern) to con people out of their money, gets an offer from Julia Rainbird (Cathleen Nesbitt), an aging dowager, to track down the woman's long-lost niece, she thinks she's hit paydirt. Until it's revealed that no one's seen the man in 40 years, or knows his name or what he looks like.
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As George, posing as lawyer Frank McBride, begins poking around the affairs of Eddie Shoebridge, the adopted son of a family friend and who supposedly died in a fire years ago, he begins to get uncomfortably close to the affairs of Arthur Adamson (William Devane), a shady jeweler who, with the help of his girlfriend Fran (Karen Black), has been executing a series of kidnappings for ransom.

When Adamson and Fran snatch a well-known archbishop (William Prince), who also happens to be the only link with Eddie Shoebridge, George and Blanche know they're on the right trail.
The review of this Movie prepared by James Craver

FAMILY PLOT is the last movie of Alfred Hitchcock released in 1976.

San Francisco. Blanche Tyler, a fake medium, is given the opportunity to earn $10,000 by the millionaire Julia Rainbird if she finds Julia's illegitimate nephew. With the help of her boyfriend George Lumley, a cab driver, she discovers that this nephew has changed identities several times and is now a jeweler known as Arthur Adamson. But this Arthur and his girlfriend Fran also are kidnappers who escaped the San Francisco police and the F.B.I. for months now. The strategy of the couple is simple : they kidnap rich people, hide them in their garage and release them after having received diamonds in exchange. Soon Arthur remarks that George is following his trail and decides to get rid of him and Blanche.

Perfect as usual.

The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of Family Plot

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 45% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1960's-1970's Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Crime story:    -   white collar fraud/theft    -   criminal kidnappers If this is a criminal POV story...    -   white collar fraud/con man

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles    -   San Francisco Misc setting    -   church/synagogue

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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