Del Shores' hit play about squabbling Texas siblings is brought to the screen with panache. Shores' script presents a bittersweet family reunion, as three sisters and a brother who don't like each other convene in tiny Loakie, Texas, to find out who got what in the will.

Del Shores’ hit play about squabbling Texas siblings is brought to the screen with panache. Shores’ script presents a bittersweet family reunion, as three sisters and a brother who don’t like each other convene in tiny Loakie, Texas, to find out who got what in the will.

Since dotty dad, who hasn’t quite slipped away yet, can’t remember where he put it, they’re stuck together while they ransack the rambling old farmhouse looking for it.

Amy Wright as the pious, mothering sister who became a preacher’s wife, Tess Harper as the salty-tongued single gal who wound up taking care of dad, and Molly McClure as righteous Mama Wheelis are all excellent.

Beau Bridges has an uncanny bead on blind, dumb cruelty as Orville, the boorish younger brother, an obstinate redneck garbage collector who keeps his hefty wife Marlene (Patrika Darbo) pinned under his meaty thumb with constant put-downs. Beverly D’Angelo steals scenes as the spoiled, scattered little runaround sister who’s brought home a beatific California hippie-musician (Judge Reinhold) as the latest in a long line of consorts.

Daddy's Dyin' ... Who's Got the Will?

Production

Propaganda. Director Jack Fisk; Producer Sigurjon Sighvatsson, Steve Golin, Monty Montgomery; Screenplay Del Shores; Camera Paul Elliott; Editor Edward Warschilka Jr; Music David McHugh; Art Director Michelle Minch

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1990. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Beau Bridges Beverly D'Angelo Tess Harper Judge Reinhold Amy Wright Keith Carradine
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