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Movie Review: A Family Thing – Things Are Not Always Black and White

Thoughts From the Mountain Top

Written by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson
Directed by Richard Pearce

Billy Bob Thornton is one of those Hollywood people that makes me scratch my head. He can have flashes of absolute brilliance and moments of behavior that are so outrageous he makes me scratch my head. I also don’t understand the attraction so many beautiful women feel for him, but that’s neither here nor there.

A Family Thing was one of those moments of brilliance. Thornton was a writer of the screenplay, along with Tom Epperson, of a story that is all the more believable in light of the revelations in recent years that some of Thomas Jefferson’s descendants by his black slave, Sally Hemmings, had no idea they were of African-American descent.

Robert Duvall is Earl Pilcher Jr. He’s sixty years old and pretty set in his ways. He’s also something of a racist. He thought he…

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