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Family Reunion (1981)

Elizabeth Winfield is a retired teacher and matriarch of a problematic family who desperately tries to keep her family together, after many years they separated from each other. While she's... See full summary »

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Fielder Cook

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Allan Sloane, Joe Sparton (article)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Elizabeth Winfield
J. Ashley Hyman J. Ashley Hyman ... Richard Cooper
David Huddleston ... Sen. Chester Winfield
John Shea ... James Cookman
Roy Dotrice ... Lester Frye
David Rounds David Rounds ... Grover Winfield
Kathryn Walker ... Louisa King
Roberts Blossom ... Phil King
Roberta Wallach ... Jessica Winfield
Jeff McCracken ... Max Winfield
Anne Lange Anne Lange ... Carol Lyman
Beth Ehlers Beth Ehlers ... Janice Lyman
Paul Rudd Paul Rudd ... Lane Lyman
Charles Brown Charles Brown ... Sam Baker
Sydney Swire Sydney Swire ... Fran Baker
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Elizabeth Winfield is a retired teacher and matriarch of a problematic family who desperately tries to keep her family together, after many years they separated from each other. While she's traveling through the country and meeting her relatives, back in her hometown, a group of shopping mall developers are planning to take over her family land in order to begin their ambitious project. Now she needs to find ways to stop this construction in time before the town's annual festivities. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Lady See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The part of Bette Davis' traveling companion was played by her real life grandson, J. Ashley Hyman. See more »

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Winfield Family Values
24 July 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Family Reunion is a film about a family named Winfield returning back to a town named for said family. Over the years the family has spread out over the country with one exception. Spinster Aunt Bette Davis stayed in the town and taught elementary school and molded the young minds of the town.

One of the relatives is a US Senator played by David Huddleston. The Winfield family own cooperatively a nice chunk of land and Huddleston has persuaded them to sell to a corporation to build a shopping mall. Even his aunt's piece where her house sits is in danger because who would want to live next to a mall?

It's David versus Huddleston in a battle for the soul of the Winfield family. Family Reunion has a nice Frank Capra like ring to it and we know how it goes with Capra films.

Among the supporting cast look for good performances from Kathryn Walker who is disillusioned with the whole family gig. John Shea as the attorney Davis gets to fight her nephew Huddleston and David Rounds as a brain damaged cousin who speaks a lot of truth as it turns out.

This is one fine made for TV film with the incomparable Bette Davis.


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