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.
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Motion Picture Rating
Rated PG-13 for some strong language, brief violence and a childbirth scene
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Did You Know?
plays a bigot coming to grips with the fact that he has previously unknown black ancestry and relatives. Duvall's real family tree includes the fact that he is distantly related (eighth cousins twice removed) to Barack Obama
, the first black U.S. President, albeit through Obama's mother Stanley Ann Dunham
, who was white. See more
When Virgil and Ray are saying goodbye for the first time in front of Ray's house. Virgil is standing behind the car and the car moves before the engine starts. The next frame shows the car still in place then moving forward. See more
Raymond "Ray" Lee Murdock
I guess everyone is entitled to make a complete and utter fool of himself every now and then.
Spirit In The Dark
Written and Performed by Aretha Franklin
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