Family Plot (1976)


“Isn’t it touching how a perfect murder has kept our friendship alive all these years.” – Arthur Adamson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Nov 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A con woman posing as a astrologer schemes with hr boyfriend to steal a family inheritance.

My Take on it – With this film, I have finally finished watching and reviewing all of Alfred Hitchcock’s films and I found it fitting to end with his final film.

They do an excellent job keeping the story thrilling while mixing in both dark comedy aspects and lots of intrigue along the way.

Karen Black and Bruce Dern are both superbly cast as the leads and the amazing chemistry between them helps make them a duo of criminals that the audience can actually root for.

As with all Hitchcock films, the camera work is superbly done throughout.

My favorite scene f the film is the runaway car scene which is presented in such a fashion, that it allows the viewer to see the viewpoint of the driver on this very windy road that causes a dizzying effect since it is so realistic and genuine looking.

Along with some of the best Hitchcock films, this movie has a great plot that is constantly in motion and that helps keep things very interesting while also continuously raising the level of suspense.

A very fitting final act for this great director!

Bottom Line – Excellent way for Hitchcock to end his career. This is a really enjoyable thriller that mixes in so much intrigue and even black humor into a storyline that works quite well. Black and Dern are great together and they are a pair of criminals that it’s easy to actually want to root for.  The camera work on the runaway car scene is superbly done largely because it gives the viewer the perspective of the driver and it has a dizzying effect because it feels so realistic.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At one point during filming, Bruce Dern questioned Alfred Hitchcock about why he was cast in the movie. Hitchcock replied, “Because Mr. Packinow wanted a million dollars, and Hitch doesn’t pay a million dollars.” It took Dern a while to realize that “Mr. Packinow” was Al Pacino. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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