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Daddy & Them Details


Billy Bob Thornton wrote, directed, and starred in this serio-comic look at the trials (literally and figuratively) of an eccentric Arkansas family. Struggling musician Claude (Thornton) and his wife Ruby (Laura Dern) get the news that Claude's uncle Hazel (Jim Varney) has been accused of murder and is in jail awaiting trial. Claude and Ruby head for the Alabama town where they grew up, and, before long, there's a friendly (and sometimes not-so-friendly) war of words among the factions of the family, including Claude's mother Jewel (Diane Ladd), father O.T. (Andy Griffith), and sister Rose (Kelly Preston). Daddy and Them's supporting cast includes Jamie Lee Curtis and Ben Affleck as a pair of married attorneys, Brenda Blethyn as Hazel's wife Julia, and Jeff Bailey, and John Prine as Claude's brothers. While Daddy and Them was shot in 1999 -- and would have been his first directorial effort after his breakthough hit John Prine -- the film stayed in the editing room for several years, and wasn't released until after his third feature, John Prine. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:January 1, 2003


Jeff Bailey
as JC
Billy Bob Thornton
as Claude
Laura Dern
as Ruby
Brenda Blethyn
as Julia
Jim Varney
as Hazel
Diane Ladd
as Jewel
Walton Goggins
as Tommy Christian
Andy Griffith
as OT
Tuesday Knight
as Billy
Sandra Seacat
as Elbe
Kelly Preston
as Rose
Jamie Lee Curtis
as Elaine Bowen
Ben Affleck
as Lawrence Bowen
Michael Jeter
John Prine
as Alvin
Ben Affleck
as Lawrence Bowen
Kelly Preston
as Rose
Jamie Lee Curtis
as Elaine Bowen


Billy Bob Thornton
Larry Meistrich
J. Geyer Kosinski
Robert Salerno
Billy Bob Thornton
Barry Markowitz
Barry Cole
Musical Direction/Supervision
Christopher Covert
Musical Direction/Supervision
Marty Stuart
Composer (Music Score)
Sally Menke
Clark Hunter
Production Designer
Bruce Heller
Jonathan Gordon
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Doug Hall
Costume Designer
Stephen Flick
Emily Schweber