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Family Plot [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Karen Black , Bruce Dern , Alfred Hitchcock    DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Karen Black, Bruce Dern, Barbara Harris, William Devane, Ed Lauter
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Ernest Lehman, Victor Canning
  • Producers: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Mar 2001
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055Y15
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,938 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Alfred Hitchcock's final film Family Plot is understated comic fun that mixes suspense with deft humour, thanks to a solid cast. The plot centres on the kidnapping of an heir and a diamond theft by a pair of bad guys led by Karen Black and William Devane. The cops seem befuddled, but that doesn't stop a questionable psychic (Barbara Harris) and her not overly bright boyfriend (Bruce Dern, in a rare good-guy role) from picking up the trail and actually solving the crime. Did she do it with actual psychic powers? That's part of the fun of Harris's enjoyably ditsy performance. --Marshall Fine

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent as usual 5 July 2004
Format:DVD
This is not a film I had heard much about, it not being one of the 'classic' Hitchcock movies. It is, in fact, the last movie made by Hitchcock and because of this, benefits from several decades of knowledge and experience. The plot, which is intricate to say the least, revolves around two sets of characters whose lives are inextricably intwined, although they don't realise it until near the end.
The film is cleverly structured and beautifully acted by all the main characters. The direction is of course wonderful, with the aerial graveyard scene getting my vote as the best scene of the movie.
The DVD comes with the original trailers for the film and an interesting documentary which, unlike some of the so called documentaries in these films, actually tells you something you might like to know, rather than just playing back parts of the film you have just watched!
Excellent!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real enjoyment! 16 May 2008
Format:DVD
Having seen many of Hitchcock's films, it has to be said that this is one of his more entertaining releases. Not full of suspense or edge-of-seat tension, it is nonetheless a polished story dwelling on two pairs of parallel stories - the foolish but cash-strapped psychic and her cab-driving partner, and the obsessive conman and his reluctant partner-in-crime who come together for reasons they least expect. The film uses a good storyline and although the cast isn't the best (none of them are heavyweight for their parts) there is plenty to keep you watching from start to end. The middle story, involving the garage mechanic as ruthless middle-man, is cleverly built into the plot and Hitchcock uses true magic to focus this added mystery into the film. It might have been his last but it certainly is well up the enjoyment stakes.
I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys Hitchcock rather than count off the star performances (there aren't any here!) - this film is very watchable, memorable and full of masterful genre. The best for me is in the hill cafe' waiting for the man who never shows, and its aftermath...

You'll enjoy it very much if you buy it. I did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense with a Twist 19 Oct 2012
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It was not until the ubiquitous car chase with the inane traffic cop that I realised that I had seen this film before many years ago. Being a concoction of suspense and humour, in my opinion, this is rather more of a family film than the usual nail-biting Hitchcock suspense, such as "Psycho" or "Vertigo".
I was particularly taken by Barbara Harris, who plays the phoney psychic, Madam Blanche and, to my mind, provides much of the humour. The "wink" she gives to the camera at the end of the film provides another form of "suspense", leaving us wondering whether she perhaps really does have psychic powers.
I am glad that I purchased this film and recommend it for its mix of entertainment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hitchcock. 25 Dec 2006
Format:DVD
An excellent movie with all the brilliance of Hitchcock, despite his failing health at the time. The only thing I would say is its a pity he didn't hire better known actors, according to the documentry on the disc he wanted Al Pachino, but didn't want to pay his fee. That said the acting's fine and its still a great movie.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sadly the last Hitchcock made! 20 Dec 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
This was the last full film Hitchcock made untill he decided to stop making films. This particular story has a cab driver and a physic looking for a lost heir, who turns up to a be a, no i won't tell you but it is a great film, filled with suspense of a typical Alfred Hitchcock film!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Hitchcock classic 9 Jan 2014
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Great performances throughout especially from under rated actor Bruce Dern. Story is of a fake medium who gets more involved in a murder plot than she means to. It's also quite funny in parts. I loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 4 Nov 2013
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Hitchcock innovates right up to his last film. I love the way that two character come into contact and instead of continuing to follow the one we were with we switch to the other, a great touch. Hitchcock was one of the greats of cinema and this is ample proof that he was on his game right up to the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Acting in Hitchcock's Final Film 16 Dec 2011
Format:DVD
Family Plot (1976) was Alfred Hitchcock's final film and though it isn't a classic it is still a very enjoyable film. Hitchcock uses dashes of humour, food scenes and a sense of symmetry throughout the film. Bruce Dern and Barbara Harris are quite spectacular as the conning petty thieves out to find William Devane, who is wanted by the Rainbird estate to claim an inheritance. However Devane is a criminal jeweller, and thinks he is being hunted down. Both Devane and his on screen wife played as cool as ice by Karen Black are also magnificent.

Perhaps not a fitting finale to Hitchcock's legacy, but certainly a tongue in cheek ride (and wouldn't Hitch have just loved that?) Family Plot is a good movie.
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2.0 out of 5 stars excellent film but dreadful picture quality
Family Plot was a wonderful final release with the masterful director Alfred Hitchcock. It is full of suspense but has lots of dark humour. a wonderful fitting finale. Read more
Published 6 months ago by R. L. Baldry
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the very worst Blu-ray transfers ever!!
The video quality in this transfer is dreadful but don't just take my word for it- read the official review on bluray.com. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars Search for the heir
This 1976 film which was Hitchcocks last is concerned with the tracing of an heir by a wealthy woman who hires a private investigator and a psychic both of whom are con artists who... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Walter Yeo
4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock, MaryRose, and Barbara Harris
Hitchcock always wanted to make a movie of JM Barrie's Mary Rose, which was a very popular theatre play in the 20s; he never got to do it, but he did find the actress who would... Read more
Published 11 months ago by plenty
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific entertainment
Firstly I don't especially like Hitchcock especially early or mid Hitchcock with the exception of The Birds which is a classic and I thought Psycho was a trifle overrated along... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ken Raus
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay film
It took about an hour for me to get into this film. Good sound and picture on the DVD. Interesting plot, lagged a bit for me a few places. Good acting.
Published 23 months ago by Ms. Nicola J. Booth
4.0 out of 5 stars Alfrd Hitchcock-Family Plot
A quick service and happy with the product except I didn"t like the wafer thin D.V.D case that It came in.
Published on 6 Mar 2011 by K.D.
3.0 out of 5 stars "Isn't it touching that a perfect murder has kept our friendship alive...
Frenzy is largely considered to be the last "great" Hitchcock film (no doubt helped by the fact that the three that preceded it were largely dull affairs) and as such his final... Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2010 by IWFIcon
3.0 out of 5 stars An under-rated Hitchcock
Okay, its not Vertigo. But Family Plot is still an enjoyable comdey-thriller with some imaginative scenes and plenty of funny moments, including good performances from Barbara... Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2009 by Mostly Harmless
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