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96 Ratings

The Family Jewels

Directed by Jerry Lewis
United States, 1965


Nine-year-old Donna Peyton is orphaned when her father dies and leaves her with a $30 million fortune. Her late father’s attorney, John Wyman, explains that she must visit each of her six uncles (all played by Jerry Lewis) and decide which of them will become her new “father”.

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The Family Jewels Directed by Jerry Lewis

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

1966 | Nominee: Most Promising Newcomer - Female



Critics reviews

An unabashed vehicle for its writer, director, and star, who died on Sunday at the age of 91. The Family Jewels rarely turns up in greatest-hits lists of Lewis’s career, which spanned seven decades. But with the benefit of fifty-odd years of hindsight, the film is a key showcase for Lewis’s chameleonic comedy skills and singular flair for slapstick.
August 21, 2017
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The film is truly fascinating in its multi-layered (unconscious) political allegory: the mid 1960s were a time of high racial and social tensions in the US, but also a time when Hollywood came to a place of no-return where it would reinvestigate its own functioning after having gazed longingly at its idealised past – Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1948), Singing in the Rain (Stanley Donen, 1952) – and The Family Jewels speaks to this turmoil and transition in its derivative excess.
July 10, 2016
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