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755 Ratings

Family Plot

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United States, 1976
Thriller, Crime


Blanche, a phony psychic, is hired by wealthy Julia Rainbird to trace the whereabouts of her nephew, who’d been given up for adoption years earlier and is now heir to a fortune.

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Family Plot Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

1976 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Writers Guild of America

1977 | Nominee: Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1977 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

1977 | Winner: Best Motion Picture

Critics reviews

Hitchcock’s self-renewing bag of tricks includes an ingenious scene of vehicular wizardry—in effect, a one-car chase—as well as some brazenly on-the-nose scheming: the investigators nearly come to grief through a street-side argument about their love life, and the dramatic climax offers proof of the practical virtue of faking it.
October 21, 2013
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Alfred Hitchcock’s final film is also one of his lightest: Hitchcock himself said he wanted it to feel like Ernst Lubitsch directing a mystery thriller. But like most of the master’s lightest films, the surface tone masks a rather serious investigation of the artist’s favorite subjects… The film is an ideal final testament for Hitchcock, not only in its crystallization of the marriage theme but also in the off-handed joy with which it plays with the mechanics of suspense.
May 27, 2011
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A marvelously fluid light comedy with scarcely a slack moment, it blithely omits murder entirely, and its only death — of a secondary villain — pointedly occurs off-screen.
June 01, 1976
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