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

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This screen version of Del Shores' play follows a dysfunctional Southern family as they squabble among themselves over the family fortune. As the title would suggest, Daddy (Bert Remsen), the patriarch of a large family in the deep South, is reaching the end of life's journey as his health and energy slip away and he watches midget wrestling on a television that isn't even turned on. Daddy's children have all returned to the family home, ostensibly to show their support in their father's final hours, but mainly because they're eager to know how Daddy's estate will be divided. Sara Lee (Tess Harper) has arrived with her new fiancé, Clarence (Keith Carradine). Evalita (Beverly D'Angelo), the high-spirited "black sheep" of the family, also has her new beau in tow, a pot-addled musician and health-food salesman named Harmony (Judge Reinhold). Orville (Beau Bridges) has brought along his wife, the patient and long-suffering Marlene (Patrika Darbo). And Lurlene (Amy Wright) is a born-again Christian who isn't shy about expressing her views on sin and salvation. As the siblings and their companions bicker, Daddy announces that he can't remember where he put his will, leading to a frantic search. The film was directed by Jack Fisk, who made his name in film as an art director and production designer (he's also the husband of actress Sissy Spacek). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 4, 1990

Cast

Beau Bridges
as Orville
Beverly D'Angelo
as Evalita
Tess Harper
as Sara Lee
Judge Reinhold
as Harmony
Amy Wright
as Lurlene
Keith Carradine
as Clarence
Patrika Darbo
as Marlene
Molly McClure
as Mama Wheelis
Bert Remsen
as Daddy
Newell Alexander
as Sid
Carolyn Brooks
as Linnie Sue
Schuyler Fisk
as Little Sara Lee
Sandra Will
as Jeannie
Newell Alexander
as Sid
Schuyler Fisk
as Little Sara Lee
Carolyn Brooks
as Linnie Sue

Crew

Jack Fisk
Director
Jay Roewe
Producer
Del Shores
Producer
Del Shores
Screenwriter
Paul Elliott
Cinematographer
Edward Warschilka
Editor
Michelle Minch
Production Designer
Steve Golin
Co-producer
Monty Montgomery
Co-producer
Sigurjon Sighvatsson
Co-producer
Nigel Sinclair
Executive Producer
Michael Kuhn
Executive Producer
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