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Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection (2003)





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Adapted from James Agee's posthumously published, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Death in the Family is set in Knoxville, TN, in 1915. The death of husband and father Jay Follett (John Slattery) in a car accident has profound and long-reaching effects upon his wife, Mary (Annabeth Gish), and his sensitive, seven-year-old son, Rufus (Austin Wolff). At the core of the crisis is Mary's prickly relationship with her own family, exacerbated by her late husband's unwillingness to "go with the flow" in terms of religion and race relations. The kindly intervention of Mary's free-spirited artist brother, Andrew (David Alford), enables her and her son to go on with their lives. Told from Rufus' point of view, the novel version of Death in the Family had previously served as the source for the Broadway play and film All the Way Home. This production, filmed on-location in Tennessee, was telecast by PBS on March 25, 2002 as part of Masterpiece Theatre's "American Collection."


Annabeth Gish
as Mary Follet
John Slattery
as Jay Follet
Austin Wolff
as Rufus Follet
Kathleen Chalfant
as Aunt Hannah
David Alford
as Andrew Lynch
James Cromwell
as Joel Lynch
Christopher Strand
as Ralph Follet
William Raymond
as Father Jackson
Matthew Carlton
as Walter Starr
Margaret Asker
as Catherine Lynch
Margaret Askew
as Catherine Lynch
Reed Alexander
as Schoolboy
Andrew Willis
as Schoolboy
Louden Wright
as Schoolboy
Mac Pirkle
as Harbison's Salesman
Mac Pickle
as Sales Clerk
Reed Alexaner
as Schoolboy 1
Danny Beene
as Blacksmith
Dave Ducey
as Farmer
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Doesn't aim as high as the novel, but it succeeds overall in its quiet competence and modest intentions.

March 20, 2002 | Full Review…

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